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Course: Tuscany

Class 2: Chianti and Montalcino

Chianti Classico and Montalcino


Tasting Goals
Compare and contrast various quality levels of Chianti Classico and Montalcino wines. Pay special attention to the differences in fruit flavors, concentration, body and the effects of oak and bottle aging.

The Four Wines
Purchase two Chianti Classico wines.

  • One wine should be from the Chianti Classico DOCG. It should not be a Riserva. The retail price will be around $15.
  • The second wine should also be from the Chianti Classico DOCG. The difference is that it should be a Riserva. The retail price will be around $25.
  • If possible, both wines should be from the same producer.
  • Since Chianti Classico Riservas must be aged at least 24...

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