2015 marked the first vintage of a new Chianti Classico brand from Frescobaldi: Tenuta Perano. Says the company: “Chianti Classico Tenuta Perano is born on the hills of Gaiole in Chianti from vineyards 500 meters above sea level. The south, southwestern exposure and the amphitheatre-shaped layout magnifies the exposure to the sun and concentrates the heat from it. The combination of elevation, exposure, and the shape and slope of the vineyards offers and extraordinarily unique quality setting that results in brilliant purple wines possessed of intensely fruity aromas and a great tannic structure rife with elegance.”
Let’s give this brand new bottling a try.
There’s an immediate austerity here, the wine throwing off a balsamic note that sets the stage for notes of dried berries, a bit of chocolate, and a potpourri element, giving it a lingering floral character to balance the underlying pungency. Those balsamic notes last for quite some time, with a certain herbaceousness hanging on to the back end and some citrus peel notes emerging very late on the finish.
B+ / $26 / frescobaldi.com