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Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Powdered pastry topping and sweet spice aromas with fresh ripe cherry and red currant fruit. Juicy, fresh and lively with buoyant flavors of red currant preserves and bright cherries, good acidity and a drying mid palate of textured tannins and spice that slopes off into a chocolate, earthy, cranberry and black currant finish that lingers with a puff of smoke and a bit of leather. 91 pts
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2 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Tasted from a large format bottle. Ripe cherry, black pepper and red currant aromas with floral highlights. Juicy, fresh and expressive yet tight cranberry, violet and red currant flavors on the palate - this is dry and earthy with a touch of medicine but brings a bright acidity through the mid palate to a complex finish of dark chocolate and black olive.
Average price: $29.10 from 2 stores
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3 Tenuta di Arceno Strada Al Sasso Chianti Classico Riserva (2010)
Comments: Dusty, dry and concentrated red berry aromas with dark cherry and baking spice notes. This is brooding and full bodied with a dark chocolate and ripe black cherry flavor profile leading into a thick smoke and rich spice towards the finish that is chewy with tannin and full of blackberry fruit.
Average price: $31.94 from 2 stores
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4 Cinciano Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Wet clay, strawberry and red currant aromas. Tightly wound red fruit notes of strawberry, cherry and cranberry on the palate with brooding earth spice and chunky tannins on the finish.
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5 Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Intriguing smokiness and rustic earth with savory black pepper spice and a fragrant grilled meat note - fruit notes of cherry are here on the nose too, but swept to the side. Much more fruit forward on the palate, this is brooding and smoky with tart cherry and cranberry fruit, black pepper and a finish of bramble fruit, oak and leather. Loads of character. 91 pts
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6 Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Savory, light barnyard notes with rich mineral earth and fresh cherry fruit on the nose. On the palate this is bright and cheerful to start with a floral frame and cherry and cranberry fruit notes that are nicely balanced but bring in classic Chianti tannin and earth towards the warm finish.
Previously available for $26.74
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7 Le Regge Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Herbal mixed berry and licorice notes on the nose with a sticky tree root sap note. The palate has light clay and powdered sugar notes with Bing cherry and strawberry fruit and a finish of chunky tannin and a creamy chocolate texture.
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8 Poggerino Bugialla Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Clear strawberry and cranberry aromas. Pleasant, light and fruity on the palate with pure cranberry, cherry and strawberry fruit and an earthy dryness and chunky tannins coming through on the palate.
Previously available for $60.12
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9 Dievole Novecento Chianti Classico Riserva (2014)
Comments: Pleasant floral aromas with baking spice and ripe cherry notes. Dusty and dry palate that starts off with a tart acidity but shows good raspberry and cherry fruit on the mid palate, an earthy resinous note to follow and some serious chewiness from the tannins on the finish. Has a bit of eucalyptus and mixed berry on the tail end. 91 pts
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10 La Sala Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Zesty earth and cinnamon spice on the nose with cranberry and blackberry notes. This has light floral hints on the palate but is mostly dry, dusty and tannic with dark raisin towards the finish with a pervasive roasted coffee note.
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11 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Strawberry and red currant aromas on this delicate floral and fruity nose. Expansive and juicy palate of initially bright cherry fruit with chewy tannins following and dominating the experience with a support of tart red fruit.
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12 Castello di Meleto Vigna Casi Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Nicely spiced ripe red fruit notes of strawberry, red currant and cherry. Light on entry with delicate red fruit notes developing into a deeper, richer palate of cranberries, cherries and red currants, fresh acidity and a tart finish.
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13 Querciabella Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Bold red fruit aromas of raspberry, cherry and strawberry on the nose with a pleasant, warm herbal note. Tart and chewy in the mouth, this is bright and fresh with cranberry and raspberry flavors mixed with zesty spice, a touch of black olive, moist earth and a bit of medicine on the smoky finish.
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14 Mannucci Droandi Ceppeto Chianti Classico Riserva (2011)
Comments: Nicely fruited aromas of floral cherry blossom and ripe raspberry preserve on the nose. This has a deceiving delicate red fruit sensibility to it on the attack but quickly changes direction to impart strong structure and medicinal notes of focused cherry, birch bark and a chocolate strawberry finish.
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15 Setriolo Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Good, pure fruit aromas of ripe cherry and blueberry with dense spice and tart plum skin. Continues to be tart on the palate with zesty mixed berry fruit and perky acidity, warm spice and chewy, strong tannins toward the finish that linger along with a dusty, smoky earth and cocoa powder.
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16 Caparsino Chianti Classico Riserva (2014)
Comments: Cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruit aromas with a restrained earth and delicate floral hints. Holds back a bit in the mouth, first displaying a moist earthy texture with forest floor and baking spice notes, then evolving into more fruit flavors of cranberry and raspberry with a chocolate and dark berry finish with thick tannins and more earth on the finish.
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17 Nittardi Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Tart and focused cranberry and raspberry aromas with a bit of tomato leaf and rich mineral earth on the nose. Bright and bold palate of tart cherry and cranberry fruit with dark chocolate, licorice root, sandy tannins and a chewy black olive texture towards the finish that's smoky and rich.
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18 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Dark plum and black currant aroams with savory earth encrusted with minerals, dried flowers and herbs. Restrained and tight in the mouth, dry and dusty on entry but developing nicely on the palate with black cherry and cranberry fruit, becoming quite expressive through the midpalate before releasing a pleasant spice and a creamy texture towards the finish with some chocolate and cinnamon notes.
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19 Fattoria di Rignana Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: A bit of eucalyptus on the nose with soft molasses and floral aromas, dark berry and rich cherry aromas. This is spicy and fresh, with ripe berry notes on the palate and a well integrated fruit, spice, earth blend that's equally represented, approachable and pleasant. Dark chocolate cranberries and dried herbs round off the finish. 90 pts
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20 Podere Castellinuzza Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Dusty fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry with a spicy earthiness to it. Smooth and fruit forward on the palate with more cherry and raspberry notes and a hint of medicine towards the finish, rough tannins and earth throughout.
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21 Casa Sola Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Thick, mineral tar and black smoke aromas with dark roast ground espresso beans on the nose. A bit more fruit on the palate, mostly raspberry and cherry, but with the same smoky, tarry, toasted flavors from the nose carrying through to the palate through to the finish.
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22 Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Blueberry and cherry preserves and plum paste on the nose with pleasant baking spice notes. Brightly fruited on the palate with black cherry, confectioner's sugar, molasses and blueberries, notes of chocolate and brown sugar, chunky tannins and a whiskey barrel oak finish.
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23 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva (2014)
Comments: Thick smoke and toasted espresso notes on the nose. Mineral notes of smoked blackberry and black cherry fruit, tart acidity and creamy delicate chocolate and sweet coffee notes towards the finish with cinnamon baking spice. Approachable and easy drinking.
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24 Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: flavors of cranberry, cherry and strawberry with gripping tannins and a surprisingly easy to drink blend of refreshing acidity, generous fruit and smooth texture.
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25 Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Clean, fresh black cherry and blackberry aromas with fresh cinnamon spice and vanilla creaminess on the nose. This is freshly spiced and zesty on the palate, with black currant and black cherry fruit, freshly juiced yet at the same time preserved, thick, rich and textured, with a zesty finish of bold spice that gives way to gripping tannins right on the finish. 91 pts
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26 Istine Levigne Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Fresh berry and spice aromas with a zesty herbal note. Intriguing spice, mixed berry and toast flavors on the palate, with mineral earth coming through towards the mid palate with a bright cherry note coming through that finishes creamy and short.
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27 Piegaia Chianti Classico Riserva (2012)
Comments: Savory spiced plum and raspberry aromas with cherry compote and a touch of cooking herb. This is full and rich with cola and baking spice flavors, fresh cherry and cranberry fruit with an herbal and earthy note that adds an extra dimension towards the chocolatey finish. 90 pts
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28 Villa S Andrea Chianti Classico Riserva (2011)
Comments: A hint of medicine opens for this wine with a bit of chocolate and floral cherry aromas. This really shines on the palate where strident fruit notes of fresh cherry and strawberry are presented with a buoyant acidity that leads into a puckering tannic structure on the finish of moist earth and cocoa powder.
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29 Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Rich mineral complexity and barnyard aromas are fully in control on the nose - barely any fruit making its way through. On the palate this is juicy, firm and vibrant with zesty sour cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit, a hint of herbal licorice and medicine notes and a pleasant earth on the finish. 91 pts
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30 Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Milk chocolate and blackberry preserves on the nose. This is rich, juicy and refreshing in the mouth, providing a lot of depth in a single dimension without being overly complex - fresh fruit, zesty acidity and perky spice make for a wine that's easy drinking and food friendly.
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31 Castello di Radda Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Angular, heady and bold on the nose with deep black fruits and a touch of tobacco. A bit lighter on the palate, cranberry, strawberry and cherry fruit with an herbal green note coming through amidst cinnamon spice and eucalyptus on the finish.
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32 Castelvecchi Lodolaio Chianti Classico Riserva (2013)
Comments: Deeply creamy butter, vanilla and earthy clay aromas with tart sour cherry and strawberry notes on the nose. This has a ripe, juicy palate of raspberry, black cherry, red currant and strawberry and is quite fruity and expressive, perky in just the right ways and bearing enough acidity to carry the wine through to the finish of dark chocolate, oak and moist earth. 91 pts
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