2016 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.
The 2016 vintage was expressive and elegant. Rain in early September held off harvest, giving the fruit important time on the vine. The wines produced are deep in color with vibrant acidity and precise aromatics. Floral tones of violet and lavender dominate the aromas, followed by blueberries and vanilla bean. The palate is framed by bright acidity with a dense layered center. Flavors of tart cherries give way to a lingering finish of cedar and orange peel. This vintage will be remembered well, and has the structure and acidity to age beautifully.
93 Points - JamesSuckling.com, J.S., Nov. 2019
93 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate, M.L., Sept. 2019
91 Points - Wine & Spirits, S.J., Apr. 2020