Last year when Wine Spectator gave them the highest rating a Chianti Classico has ever received, rating the wine even higher than the Castello di Ama’s with its’ $400+ price tag– let’s just say there wasn’t as much to go around.
Ever since then, securing quantities from the phenomenal Tuscan winery has proved a difficult task but I managed to secure a two-for-one deal with the tremendous value, 92-pt baseline Chianti Classico, as well as the crown-jewel, the 2017 Riserva.
Even before Wine Spectator weighs in, the 2017 CC Riserva already has three scores of 93+ points including James Suckling’s 94pt score as well as Wine Enthusiasts’ Editors’ Choice designate. Vinous called it, “an immensely rewarding, inviting wine” before adding that they wouldn’t be surprised to see it wind up to being a much better wine than their 93 suggests. Is that foreshadowing for what’s to come? Who’s to say?
The 2017 Castello di Volpaia’s Chianti Classico Riserva very much resembles the 2016. It’s big and juicy, with layers of dark fruit, bramble and an extremely long finish. It balances vibrant acidity against beautiful tannin and may have even more life ahead of it than the 2016. Buy some for now but make sure to sock a few away. Drink until 2045!
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94 Points, James Suckling
A red with plenty of ripe fruit, such as berries and cherries with some fresh-herb and lemon undertones. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright fruit and fine tannins. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of blue flower, spiced plum, new leather and sunbaked earth form the inviting nose on this pure Sangiovese. Made with organically farmed grapes, the smooth, savory palate doles out fleshy black cherry, baking spice and chopped mint alongside velvety tannins that give it a polished texture.
93 Points, Vinous
The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Volpaia is an immensely rewarding, inviting wine. Juicy and racy, with no hard edges, the Riserva captures the allure of this warm, dry year. There is plenty to like in the 2017, starting with its depth and volume, I won’t be surprised if the Riserva turns out to be even better than this note suggests. Sweet red fruit, cedar and blood orange give the 2017 striking aromatic intensity and lift.
Roasted Leg of lamb or Grandma’s Sunday sauce are both a perfect match.
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