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, July 2017