Le Fonti, Chianti Classico Riserva, 2011

Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy

Le Fonti, Chianti Classico Riserva, 2011

Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy



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Grape Varietes: Sangiovese Wine Style: Savoury Reds Winemaker: Paolo Caciorgna - consultant Optimum Drinking: 2018-2024 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: eRobertParker.com Code: 102551 Alcohol: 14.5%
Estate Notes

Le Fonti’s quintessential Chianti Riserva 2011 forms part of a truly impressive range of wines from this Poggiobonsi stable, whose estate benefits from a particularly warm microclimate here as opposed to other Chianti growing areas such as Panzano or Radda.

Le Fonti was bought in the mid 1950s by the Imberti family and the current owners, Franca and Ferdinando also manage a business in Milan but actively follow the work at the estate. They have invested heavily and replanted solely with Sangiovese in the 1990s, and in their search for excellence they appointed young agronomist, Lorenzo Bernini and employ the famed and talented oenologist Paolo Caciorgna. The berries ripen earlier and are often more fleshy and generous than many Chiantis.


"The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva represents a tremendous effort and is a lovely short-term drinking wine. This Riserva (aged in tonneaux for two years) is teaming with dark fruit nuances, including black cherry and plum with sweet baking spice in a supporting role. The wine is increasingly supple and soft as its warms in the glass. It reveals an upfront and immediate style that makes it a pleasure to drink within the next 3-5 years. The natural succulence of the wine would make a great pairing partner to pork or roasted chicken." eRobertParker.com

"...on the opulent and lush side of the spectrum, the tobacco and cocoa rich notes overlaying juicy plum and cherry, with a fine graphite character adding sophistication. In the mouth it's a fleshy and generous style, like a big bowl of super-ripe black cherries that you just can't help dipping into time and again. There is a spicey framework of tannin, and of course good cherry acidity being Chianti, but this mouth-filling wine is mostly about unabashed hedonism." Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com

Superb freshness and richness of black cherry and mulberry fruit with violet and kirsch, and sandal-wood and incense spice range; base notes of cigar leaf, truffle, black olive, cypress, bay and leather; very fine depth and minerality. Perfectly balanced palate with sumptuous fruit and velvety tannins; great depth, development, spread and length with aromatic lifted finish.