Good topic. it made me realize that with the steady price increase of chianti's these days (what's fontodi at $40 or so?) i've been drinking more rosso di montalcino as a lower cost alternative.  On Steve8's reccomendation I buy il molino di grace when available.  Sunnylea's reccomendation of poggio scalette is very good.  Still buy fontodi, monsanto and rampolla but they all seem to be >$30 in our market.  Castello di Ama is even more.  They do age better than most people give them credit for though.

Fonterutoli (Mazzei); the 2015 and 2016 normale are both excellent

Poggerino is always a solid CC.

Monsanto Riserva in strong vintages is always worth the money.

The Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina is excellent in the strong vintages (i.e. 2015) and a steal.

Il Molina di Grace as Vinoevelo mentioned above.  Agree with him about Fontodi's value at current prices too, both the normale and Vigna del Sorbo Riserva. Volpaia is very good.

The Scalette CC is still a great deal and hasn't increased much in price over the past 5 vintages.

I got a crazy good deal on a case of 12 of the 2012 vintage for about $11.60/bottle. But that was an anomaly and I got the last of the retailer's supply at that price. A month later I bought more for $15.99.  Here's what I've typically paid over the years:

2012 vintage: $15.99
2013 vintage: $15.99
2015 vintage: $16.99
2017 vintage: $16.95

All prices USD from NJ or NY retailers.

jabe11 posted:

It always seems to pay off to go with the reservas over the standard CC no matter the producer.

Except that if I'm buying Chianti Classico it's for pairing with specific foods such as pizza and many pasta dishes. The Riservas are generally bigger than I want for those meals.

The 2016 San Felice Chianti Classico is a terrific bottle for $15. I order the Italian wine for our store and we sell 3-4 cases per week. Of course, the 94P WS rating helps, but it has juicy cherry notes up front and a balanced persistent finish. People keep coming back for more. Great value.

I also really like Castellare CC ($20) as a very pretty and elegant version of chianti.

Cheers,

 

Otis

 

otisabdul posted:

The 2016 San Felice Chianti Classico is a terrific bottle for $15. I order the Italian wine for our store and we sell 3-4 cases per week. Of course, the 94P WS rating helps, but it has juicy cherry notes up front and a balanced persistent finish. People keep coming back for more. Great value.

 

I’ll have to take your word for it. I bought five and the first two I opened were both corked.

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