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Senior editor Alison Napjus joined Wine Spectator in 2000. She is the lead taster for Alsace, Beaujolais and Champagne and also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy.
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When In Rome, or Florence, Rather … a Tuscan Red

Antinori Chianti Classico Pèppoli 2005

Alison Napjus
Posted: December 17, 2009

I spent the first weekend in December on vacation in Florence, Italy, and was lucky enough to enjoy temperatures in the high 50s that Saturday. The mild weather encouraged my traveling companions and me to ensconce ourselves at an outdoor café (with heat lamps) smack on the corner of the Piazza della Signoria, for an early-evening bottle of wine.

The timing was perfect to do some people-watching, as the Florentines enjoyed what’s known as the passeggiata, the period before dinner spent strolling with family and friends. A local bottling seemed the obvious choice when it came time to order the wine, and I selected the Antinori Chianti Classico Pèppoli 2005, which is made from vineyards about an hour’s drive from Florence.

The wine showed good kirsch and plum character, with bright acidity and subtle hints of spice and cedar. It was well-integrated and easy to drink—so much so that we had two bottles! I rated it 90 points, non-blind. At our rather touristy café, it was a pricey 35 euros a bottle (pricey because wines at restaurants in Italy rarely see the markup that we find typical here in the States). But I often see the Pèppoli in retail stores here for a more affordable $25 to $30. Regardless of the markup, it was a lovely wine to enjoy in such a delightful setting, and one I won’t forget.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Antinori Chianti Classico Pèppoli 2005 (88, $25).

• Plus, get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated wines from Chianti.

Jim Mason
St. John's —  December 17, 2009 7:44am ET
Peppoli is a solid Chianti Classico all the time and one of my favorites. Question on pronunciation: is it PAY-po-lee or pay-PO-lee?
Alison Napjus
New York, NY —  December 17, 2009 10:26am ET
Hi Jim,
Your first take is correct - with the accent over the first 'e' the correct pronunciation is PAY-po-lee.
Ray Famiani
Kingsford, MI —  December 17, 2009 3:37pm ET
Had a bottle last month, as usual very good, like any wine from Antinori. I'm prejudiced as my Mother was an Antinori.
Alberto Consigliere
Vi?a del Mar, Chile —  December 19, 2009 6:14am ET

ragazzi the pronunciation is PEP-po-lee, don't forget the doubles
Aldo Popolani
New Jersey —  December 20, 2009 4:40pm ET
Hi Allison being Florentine myself but leaving in the US I agree on the expensiveness of the wine. I am however disappointed about your choice as Peppoli(made by Antinori) is a well established known brand and does not need another review from Wine Spectator, and something more unique or typical would have been certainly intriguing .

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