2019 Chianti Classico Riserva
Our Chianti Classico Riserva comes from some of the warmer, south-facing blocks at our estate. It is composed almost entirely of Sangiovese and spends one year in small French oak barrels. This is the epitome of modern Chianti with its dark color, pure fruit, balance, power and velvety tannins. The dominant flavors include violets, plums, cherries, orange peel, earth, licorice, cedar and smoke.
A cold winter with bountiful rain allowed the vines to rest and the ground water to replenish. The rain carried through into spring and summer, posing a challenge for flowering, but ultimately moderating the warm summer temperatures. Fall consisted of beautiful warm days and cool nights, allowing for a ripening balance. Harvest of Sangiovese began on September 18th and finished on October 23rd – a welcomed long window that brings expressive diversity to the wine.
The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva exudes aromas of cedar, cypress, and rose, accompanied by raspberry and vanilla bean. On the palate, flavors of bright strawberries and cherry liquor dominate followed by secondary flavors of cacao and coconut. This cooler 2019 vintage produced Sangiovese with soft, round edges and vibrant acidity, ultimately creating a savory wine with pleasant minerality and elegance. The long finish lingers with notes of fine black tea and citrus tones of ripe oranges.
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