Are the 2015 vintage Chianti Classicos more structured than typical vintages?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

The 2015 Chianti Classicos featured in the Aug. 1 Insider newsletter have drink windows that suggest holding them for a few years. All recent Chianti vintages are classified as "drink or hold." Is 2015 more structured?

—Diane, Kennesaw, Ga.

Dear Diane,

In a word, yes. For more words, I checked in with Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson, and this is what he said:

“The 2015 vintage in Chianti Classico is the best since 1997. The wines show more black fruit flavors than the typical red fruit flavors at this early stage, and are very structured, with both vibrant acidity and dense, sometimes muscular tannins.”

Your observation about the drink recommendations is correct, and Sanderson further suggests, “They can be enjoyed now for all that exuberant fruit, however, I expect them to close up in the next six to 12 months. If you like your Chianti Classico with a bit of age, give the 2015s five years. The 2013s, which were austere in their youth, are beginning to drink beautifully now.” Great tips!

—Dr. Vinny

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