Funhouse of Mirrors in Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is a funhouse of mirrors where Sangiovese enters different rooms and finds certain flavours are emphasized and others shrunk until there is a confusion about where you are and what you are supposed to be tasting. Someone cries, “Get me out of here!” and you rush back out, full of adrenaline, back into the big wine circus.

Then you find Castello della Paneretta: Chianti Classico clearly mirrored by Sangiovese brilliance.

The only surprise is it never shouts about the fact it shares the same small valley as Paolo di Marchi’s Isole e Olena, a place well-known for Sangiovese radiance. This is the same area in Chianti Classico where Paolo di Marchi went on his adventure with international varieties and hurriedly came home to Sangiovese.

No, this wine is reassuringly unsurprising. Both Castello di Paneretta and Isole e Olena share the same iron kiss, prosciutto taste and cinnamon tannins. The 90% Sangiovese Castello di Paneretta is a humble wine – too humble, in fact; you may even miss it on the shelf – yet has a light-weight confidence which makes it a benchmark, value Chianti Classico at under £15.

Sangiovese lovers in the Chianti Funhouse: this mirror is the real one.

Related post.

Image: Beth Hoeckel

Posted in Tuscany. RSS 2.0 feed.

6 Responses to Funhouse of Mirrors in Chianti Classico

  1. sorry can't chat about journalism vs blog, deadline for my article to @italiamag ! But did tiny new blog on brill wine: http://t.co/oROIuIg

  2. Dan Sims says:

    Great post; Chianti Classico is soooo a funhouse … and I love it that way. Haven’t tried the Paneretta but will seek out as a result.
    Cheers,

    • Juel Mahoney says:

      Thanks Dan – I showed it at my Tuscany tasting the other night and it turned out to be everyone’s favourite. It does what Chianti does well, which is have enough humility to be a table wine (not intruding in conversation with “look at me” antics) and, at a good price.

  3. Pingback: On Vinissima: Funhouse of Mirrors in Chianti Classico | Wine Woman & Song

  4. Uwe Kristen says:

    "Chianti Classico is a funhouse of mirrors where Sangiovese enters different rooms…" @winewomansong sums it up: http://t.co/sp7yq8l

  5. Pheobe Brain says:

    "Chianti Classico is a funhouse of mirrors where Sangiovese enters different rooms…" @winewomansong sums it up: http://t.co/sp7yq8l

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>