Wine Advocate: 90pts
The 2015 Chianti Classico Vigna Istine is a simple red wine with a healthy dose of primary fruit to keep it fresh and bright. There is cherry, blackberry, dark spice and barbecue smoke. The overall presentation is classic and correct. Those higher altitudes and cooler temperatures of Radda in Chianti add to the sharpness and focus of the wine. Only 2,600 bottles were produced.
Wine Enthusiast: 93 pts
Iris, violet, perfumed berry, pine forest and aromatic herb aromas come into play on this fragrant red. The fresh, savory palate offers juicy Morello cherry, ripe blackberry, clove and star anise set against precise tannins and fresh acidity. It's well balanced and youthfully taut but will be even better in another few years. Drink 2019–2025.
James Suckling: 92 pts
The nose here shows a particular aroma of blueberry muffin with licorice and tar undertones. The palate shows a lithe texture with refreshing acidity and a fine finish. Drink now.