The 2018 Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico Riserva is made with Sangiovese and Merlot grapes, and spent 24 months in oak barrels. We tried the 2016 vintage last year, and though there was much to recommend it, the wine was a bit austere and felt like it needed additional aging to show its full potential. Today we are trying the 2018 vintage. Let’s see how it compares.
The nose here is fairly straightforward but inviting, offering bold black cherry and cola notes along with light oak. After a little time in the glass, some pomegranate can also be picked up. The palate is similar but a touch more reserved, appearing alongside high acidity and pronounced woody tannins, which give the wine a very dry finish. As with the 2016, this wine could probably benefit from more time in the bottle, but it is showing pretty well now. Not overly complex but enjoyable, this Chianti Classico Riserva would pair brilliantly with pasta Bolognese.
B+ / $40 / frescobaldi.com