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SAT® Tasting Notes: Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

Tasting notes on the classic Chianti Classico Riserva according to WSET Level 4 (Diploma) Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine

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For our first post, we have chosen the wine tasted together with Global Wine Academy considering the Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT) to evaluate a wine. The live was on Instagram this week ( July 29th) and is still available on their page @globalwineacademy. Here, we are going to transcript the sum-up of the video for you with the full description of Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 tasting notes according to Jim Gore.


Wine Info


WSET Specification (Recommended tasting samples): Tuscany - 3. Chianti Classico Riserva or Gran Selezione of very good or outstanding quality


Wine: Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

Grape: Sangiovese

Region: Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Price: £38 (approx)

Where to buy: Berkmann Wine Cellars, Berry Bros & Rudd, Hic Merchant


Appearance


Medium Ruby


Nose


Intensity: Pronounced


Aroma Characteristics

Primary: Black fruit (black plum, blackberry)

Red fruit (red currant, raspberry, red cherry, red plum)

Secondary: Oak - (smoke, toast, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee)

Tertiary: dried cranberry, tobacco, dried leaves, earthy, meaty


Palate


Sweetness: Dry

Acidity: High

Tannin: High / nature: Ripe

Alcohol: High

Body: Full-bodied

Flavour Intensity: pronounced

Flavour characteristics:

Primary: Black fruit (black plum, blackberry)

Red fruit (red currant, raspberry, red cherry, red plum)

Secondary: Oak - (smoke, toast, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee)

Tertiary: dried cranberry, tobacco, dried leaves, earthy, meaty

Finish: Long


Conclusions


Quality Assessment: Outstanding

Balance - Good balance between the flavour intensity and the alcohol and acid, if we didn't have this balance the wine would be harsh. The balance holds it well to be smooth. Without this balance, the wine would be burning from the high alcohol content.

Lenght - the length is long and evolving placing this wine in outstanding.

Intensity - the flavour intensity of this wine is pronounced, which places this wine in outstanding and not just very good.

Complexity - The wine has primary, secondary and tertiary characters towards the top end of quality to make it outstanding, also the wine already has tertiary notes and are still evolving which makes this wine with potential for further ageing. The complexity is not at its peak yet and has more to deliver after ageing.


Bottle ageing: suitable for bottle ageing


A quick word about Global Wine Academy (GWA)


The former Principal of WSET London School, Jim Gore DipWSET created GWA to help wine students to achieve better results in WSET exams through their original masterclasses and theory workshops. Click here to check their schedule of upcoming classes.


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