"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.