Lush richness and velvety concentration set this wine apart from most Chianti Classico. The blend includes 15% Merlot (which is a lot) and you can really taste spice, chocolate fudge and black cherry. Determined oak notes reveal themselves in the mouth and add to the wine’s overall richness.
This is an extremely well balanced Riserva (with 15% Merlot in the blend) that plays with various elements—fruit, toast and mineral—extremely well. In appearance, it is a muscular, brooding wine and in the mouth it exhibits dense extraction and loads of rich, velvety fruit.
This estate makes two riservas. One bottling has a small addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, while this one includes 5% Merlot. As a result, this shows added cherry freshness, although it is a bit austere, and it concludes with notes of leather, tobacco and cured meat.
Very dark espresso, leather and black plum aromas and flavors. The mouthfeel is full and balanced by good acidity. The very dry, long finish shows tar, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors, along with some tannins to shed. Time should allow the solid fruit to come from behind the lavish toast that now veils it.
Bright and intense berry aromas lead into a tart palate that runs heavy with pie cherry and leather. It’s probably a tad too tight, tart and hard to merit higher, but with food it should do the trick. Some dark black coffee notes on the finish add to the wine’s drying character.