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Chianti Classico Riserva

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Castello di Verrazzano, Chianti Classico Riserva 2011, 93 Pts - Wine Review Online/ Castello di Verrazzano’s Chianti Classico Riserva comes from grapes grown in their vineyards that are at a higher elevation on the slope than other parcels. The erosion and drainage at that part of the slope always results in concentrated grapes that produce powerful wines. Despite the power -- of which there is plenty -- there is great refinement in their 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva. The aromatics are fabulous and draw you in immediately. The flavors -- red fruit, herbs and earth -- spread across the palate and impart grandeur to the wine. It’s a broad, long wine that’s best cellared for a few years to allow the components to come together.

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Snooth User: davidachee
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04/29/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chianti Classico Riserva

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
05/28/2015

Castello di Verrazzano, Chianti Classico Riserva 2011, 93 Pts - Wine Review Online/ Castello di Verrazzano’s Chianti Classico Riserva comes from grapes grown in their vineyards that are at a higher elevation on the slope than other parcels. The erosion and drainage at that part of the slope always results in concentrated grapes that produce powerful wines. Despite the power -- of which there is plenty -- there is great refinement in their 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva. The aromatics are fabulous and draw you in immediately. The flavors -- red fruit, herbs and earth -- spread across the palate and impart grandeur to the wine. It’s a broad, long wine that’s best cellared for a few years to allow the components to come together.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
10/07/2013

A founding member of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, Verrazzano has made wine since the earliest times -- the property occupies the site of former Etruscan and Roman settlements -- but its growing reputation among wine lovers in Italy and abroad is due to the spirit and industry of its present owners, Luigi and Silvia Cappellini, a young and engaging couple who with their two small daughters call Verrazzano home. Verrazzano's modern-day claim to fame stems from its wines. Wine authority Burton Anderson named it one of a select few estates forming "the foundation on which Chianti's renewed prestige has been built." One hundred and five acres of vines thrive in its limestone rich soil. Though present in southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern sector, accounting for the singular blend of muscularity and finesse evident in Verrazzano wines. In outstanding vintages, Verrazzano produces a Riserva Chianti Classico with grapes from the finest portions of the estate. Production Area Tuscany, Italy From the Greve district in the northern portion of the Chianti Classico DOC, south of Florence in Tuscany. 105 acres of vine are planted at altitudes ranging from 1,150 to 1,480 feet in Verrazzano’s limestone-rich soil. Though present in warmer, southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern portion of the district. The soil here is extremely lean and stony (43% lime, 29% clay, 28% sand). Fertilization is entirely organic. Grape Varieties 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Vinification Grapes from selected portions of the Verrazzano vineyards are harvested by hand in October and undergo a 8-12 day maceration period. The wine is aged 24 months new French oak barrels and bottle-aged six months prior to release. Color Deep, dark purple in youth, tending gradually to garnet over time Bouquet Richly perfumed. Aroma of violets and cherry Taste Smooth and elegant with an opulent flavor reminiscent of ripe plums, sour cherries and other red berry fruit; with its extended aging capacity, it develops in complexity and finesse Alcohol 14%


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
03/21/2014

Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast/ From a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot comes this earthy wine with aromas of underbrush, tobacco, leather and meat juices. The palate offers juicy black cherry and plum layered with chocolate and coffee alongside somewhat astringent tannins.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/14/2013

Best Buys/ Aromas of dried herbs and flavors or ripe plums meet dark, almost resinlike tannins. This wine has density, with full, lasting flavors. Match its savory char with a grilled steak.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/14/2013

Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 - 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ Cherries, blueberries and sweet Christmas spice characterize this Riserva and help fill out its dense, dark extraction. The wine has a very smooth, almost sweet-tasting element and offers chewy, juicy tannins with lingering berry flavors. Made with small percentages of Merlot and Cabernet to lift the Sangiovese.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/14/2013

Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 - 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ Ripe fruit flavors and aromas of black cherry, plum, Indian spice, cola and black tea chracterize this Riserva. The wine has good structure and tight tannins and offers impressive fruit intensity in the mouth. Sergio Zingarelli's sunny personality seems to shine bright in this luminous wine from his storied Chianti Classico estate.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
03/19/2014

Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Made from Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, this structured wine opens with aromas of smoke, red berries, soil and a whiff of leather. The palate delivers dark red-cherry flavor, layered with mocha, black pepper, clove and licorice alongside austere tannins. It’s well-balanced but needs time to fully develop. Drink 2015–2025.


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