2019 is looking set to be a classic vintage year. The rain in springtime created significant supplies of water, adequate to face a moderately hot summer with little rainfall. The first half of the year was cooler and drier than average, creating a slight delay in the vines’ vegetation cycle compared to previous years, at a pace similar to the great 1980s vintages. The summer temperatures showed an even high level without peaks or heavy rain, and were followed by good weather in September with considerable night-day temperature variation, resulting in grapes with perfectly ripe phenolics. The healthy, ripe grapes were brought to the cellars in the last few days in similar quantities to 2018. It is too early for a final verdict, but the signs are there for another stellar vintage year for Chianti Classico Gallo Nero.