In this vertical, the 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto San Marcellino comes across as a bit ripe, with a slightly roasted quality to the fruit that is especially evident today. Even so, there is more than enough depth to support another decade or more of fine drinking. Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi defines 2012 as a warm vintage that required considerable selection in the vineyard to avoid picking overripe fruit. Even so, the personality of the vintage is impossible to miss. My first encounter with this wine, back in 2016, remains the most impressive.
Score: 92 points -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 2017
The 2014 Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino is dark, sumptuous and super-expressive. Like all of the wines here, the 2014 San Marcellino needs at least a few years in bottle to truly show everything it has, but there is more than enough here to provide for engaging drinking for many years to come. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous scents of black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and smoke. The 2014 is a striking, complete wine.
Score: 94 points -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 2019