A british citizen that has lived in Chiantishire for most of his life, Sean O Callaghan a.k.a. il Guercio (“the one-eyed man” in Italian) is the irreverent idol of many Chianti Classico lovers. The former winemaker at Riecine, O’ Callaghan farms biodinamically eight hectares of vineyard in Castiglioni, a suburb of Radda in Chianti. From those plots, he produces three different Sangiovese labels, among which the Chianti Classico is the simplest and most affordable.
The 2017 vintage was scorching hot, but producers in the cool-climate area of Radda in Chianti still managed to make refined Classicos. O’ Callaghan’s 2017 Chianti Classico is positively austere and mineral-driven. Aromas of blood orange and forest floor mingle with crunchy raspberries and dark berries on the seductive nose. The palate is racy and vibrant. Firm, savory tannins and crisp acidity backbone juicy flavors of brambly black fruit. Hints of game and balsam herbs echo on the archetypal finish.
For once, I can omit the technical details, as the back label tells everything you need to know about this pure, uncompromising Classico…
Tenuta di Carleone
Via Guido Rossa, 10\b, 53017
Radda in Chianti (SI)