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James Suckling’s comments on Tuscany’s 2006 vintage

“The 2006 vintage really illustrates how Sangiovese has come of age in the past decade, producing great wines in many areas, especially Montalcino and Chianti Classico. Since the classic year of 1997, there have been eight outstanding vintages for the indigenous grape variety: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001 and 1999. And it seems to be getting better and better. As I have reviewed more wines from the 2006 harvest-and tasted the evolution of others-I have upgraded my overall vintage rating for 2006 in Chianti and Chianti Classico from 93 points to 96 points, just behind my rating for 1997.”

James Suckling, October 31, 2009
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James Suckling’s comments on Tuscany’s 2006 vintage