93 points Wine Enthusiast
"Aromas of crushed dark-skinned berry, violet, tilled earth and baking spice are front and center on this fragrant red. Racy and loaded with youthful energy, the savory palate features black plum, Marasca cherry and licorice framed in taut polished tannins. Bright acidity keeps it fresh and balanced. Drink through 2025.
92 Points Vinous
"The 2018 Chianti Classico is bright and racy, with tons of Radda Sangiovese character. Red berry fruit, flowers, chalk and white pepper all grace this super-expressive, translucent Chianti Classico. The 2018 is a bit airy and taut, but that is also a big part of its appeal. Readers who appreciate slightly nervous reds will adore the 2018."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Istine consists of a group of high-altitude, small vineyards in the Chianti Classico area, mostly in Radda with some in Gaiole: Istine Vineyard (between Radda and Castellina), Casanova Vineyard (near Radda) and Cavarchione Vineyard (near Gaiole). The high altitude and predominantly rocky soils ensure freshness even in warm vintages. The vineyards consist of indigenous varieties, mainly Sangiovese.