Dievole Chianti Classico 2018
Almost 1,000 years ago, Rodolfino Vinizio paid two chickens, three loaves of bread, and six silver denari for a little slice of heaven.
That’s right – the Dievole winery in the heart of Chianti Classico is 920 years old this year, was purchased with chickens, and its name means literally “God Willing” or “The Will of God.” If you visit, it makes perfect sense – here is a property that looks like it comes from the set of Under the Tuscan Sun. It’s so bucolic, idyllic and naturally beautiful that it’s easy to imagine God laying His fingerprints down on this very spot. Of course the wine is great.
Sadly, that wasn’t always the case. A thousand years is a long time to maintain your standards of quality (let alone a reputation) and for many, many years Dievole’s wines did not live up to the standard of God’s Will. But in 2012, Dievole found a fledgling angel investor in in Alejandro Bulgheroni.
When Alejandro Bulgheroni says he wants the best, he means it. He shells out money to get the best, and shells out even more money to make the best. Dievole may be God’s Will in Chianti, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have $4.7 billion of expertise, vineyard management, and winemaking skills behind you, either! Angel investor or not, you can say simply say that this is what God would have ordered:
Elegant and overt red cherry, mineral and spice waft from the glass. On the palate, these are backed up with aromas of roses, blackcurrant, and graphite. A sleek Sangiovese character of bright red fruit, cherry compote, arnaceous and fully integrated tannins, and rounded juiciness. Together they create an aria of sensational definition, poise and elegance.
I drink a lot of Chianti / Sangiovese wines. But there are picture-perfect moments when producers and nature come together to create a stunningly beautiful rendition of what it means to be a Chianti – poise, elegance, cherry fruit, serene depth but also perfect with pizza – a wine that could be admired on its own or simply passed with joy around the table.
And this is one of those special Chiantis –stunningly delicious this vintage, right from the first glass all the way to the last. It drinks amazingly right now but will last at least another 10 years in your cellar.