Alberto Conti Chianti Classico 18
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Alberto Conti is an outstanding collection of wines made by the Barbanera family. Altero Barbanera and his wife Maria established the family's primary estate in 1938 in the Tuscan commune of Cetona. Fourth-generation brothers Marco and Paolo Barbanera now run the family business and continue to expand the family's vineyard holdings.
AWM Customers and Staff have long been delighted by the Alberto Conti Toscana Rosso and recently, the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. I'm delighted to report their terrific Chianti Classico just arrived, and just like the Toscana and Montepulciano, it's a knockout that's super easy on the wallet!
The 2018 Alberton Conti Chianti Classico is a rounder and riper take on Classico. When it comes to Chianti, if you prefer more fruit and less leather in the glass, this is your Chianti Classico. It's 100% Sangiovese; however, it's fermented and aged entirely in stainless to keep the fruit fresh and lifted.
In your glass, you know you're enjoying Chianti as the warm red berry and cherry tones invite you back for another sip. The palate is smooth and generous, with a nice amount of plummy, earthy cherry carrying to the finish. I find this to be a great summer Chianti Classico -- a bit more serious than every-day Chianti and pairing better with the lighter fare of warm weather. This will also be a great choice when you want to bump your pasta pizza game up a notch at a price less than most entry-level Chianti.