Pèppoli 2020 is ruby red in color. On the nose, Pèppoli delivers intense notes of red fruit, especially cherries, currants and strawberries accompanied by floral undertones of violets and lavender with light, spicy hints of licorice. Its palate is defined by a soft entry, accompanied by lively sensations, and sustained by ripe tannins that lead to a fresh, savory finish.
"The big news from Marchesi Antinori is that the estate is embracing a collective push to give more identity to the villages, or comuni, that make up the appellation. Made with a blend of fruit from four villages, the Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori will be parceled and made into four distinct single-vineyard (or single-comune) Chianti Classico Gran Selezione wines. I have not tasted them yet, but we should be seeing these new wines soon. " — Monica Lerner
The Peppoli estate extends for one hundred hectares in the Chianti Classico area, in a context rich in history that has its roots in the Middle Ages. Of these one hundred hectares, half are planted with vineyards for the production of the Chianti Classico DOCG which takes its name from the estate. The soil rich in minerals and the microclimate particularly suitable for Sangiovese allow the grapes to develop all those varietal characteristics essential for the success of a quality Chianti Classico. To give a hand to Sangiovese there are small percentages of Merlot, which contribute to giving softness, and Syrah, which brings a pleasant spicy note. The separate vinification of the grapes is followed by a period of nine months in large Slavonian oak and American oak barrels, each of which is able to make a different contribution to the olfactory range of the Chianti Classico DOCG Peppoli. Beautiful ruby red color. The nose offers dark sensations of black currant, graphite, spices, snuff, leather and cocoa. In the mouth it is full-bodied, with dense tannins and healthy freshness. With a roast rack of veal or with traditional Tuscan cheeses, such as Pecorino di Pienza.
Cherries, strawberries and ripe tomatoes pop off the nose of this Chianti Classico standby from Antinori, with more classic notes of wild fennel, soil and balsamic vinegar arriving after a moment. The palate is fresh and bright with more cherries, joined with figs and plums, before hints of dark chocolate. Dusty tannins highlight earthy undertones for a savory contrast.
Wine Advocate 90 points
This is a fun, easy-drinking red with a steady following. The Marchesi Antinori 2020 Chianti Classico Pèppoli marks the beginning of a new chapter for this popular bottle. Feeling that the wine had become too austere in recent years, the winemaking team opted for bigger oak barrels for less invasive oak. Fruit is selected from across various villages in the appellation. A tiny element of Merlot in this Sangiovese-based wine adds softness. These are logical choices that follow recent vintage trends, and here you get ripe cherry, crème de cassis and lightly toasted spice. It's a classic package and a good value.
Jeb Dunnuck 90 points
The 2020 Chianti Classico Peppoli has a lovely bouquet of sweet red and blue berries, purple flowers, and white pepper. This moves seamlessly to the palate, which has a medium frame, generous and rounded red raspberry fruit, fine tannins, and warming cedar. It is wonderfully approachable and refined now or drink 2023-2030.
Vinous 90 points
The 2020 Chianti Classico Pèppoli is very pretty, silky wine with lovely bright red berry fruit. Hints of spice, leather and tobacco lend nuance to this attractive, value-priced Chianti Classico. The 2020 is a serious wine in its peer group. Impressive. — Antonio Galloni