Italo Riserva harkens back to those old-style Chiantis that once graced the checkered tabletops of your childhood Italian restaurant. That’s the inspiration for this wine, perhaps, but the style is modern and bold, with loads of oak spice, cinnamon and dark berry.
This reveals a piquant touch of vibrant fruit, followed by bright notes of cherry liqueur, cola, pressed violet and almond paste. It is not perfectly nipped and tucked, but it does deliver personality.
The tart cherry and earth flavors here have a green hay-like note around the edges. It’s a touch light, but the fruit is decent and it’s not buried under massive doses of oak. The medium-length finish has modest tannins. Drink now.
A fruity, friendly, well-made Chianti that’s as easy on the palate as it is on the wallet. There’s definite freshness to this brand-new release, and it will go with many different foods: appetizers, pasta, meat, etc. Simple but structured, with good cherry and plum flavors. The perfect wine to bring to a casual dinner party. Best Buy.
Like a mouthful of sour cherries, this is classic lean and tart Chianti garnished with flourishes of tobacco and earth. The even-textured palate and medium tannins on the finish complete a package that delivers more than expected at the price.