Wine spectator – 97 points | $40 | 3,300 cases imported | Red
Tasting Note: Enticing aromas of black cherry, black currant and violet are allied to flavors of iron, wet earth and spice. This is loaded with fruit, vibrant acidity and well-mannered tannins. Shows terrific harmony now, yet possesses the structure to age. The long, mouthwatering finish extends the dark fruit and minerally elements. Best from 2021 through 2040. —B.S.
ABOUT THIS WINE: This Tuscan red offers exceptional value: The average price of a wine rated 97 points in 2019 was $440. It’s made from 100 percent Sangiovese grapes sourced from eight old-vine parcels among Volpaia’s 116 acres of organically farmed vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, it ages for 24 months in a mix of 3,000-liter casks (80 percent) and older French barriques (20 percent). An additional six months of bottle refinement follows the bottling.
The 2016 Volpaia Riserva display a bright, clear, deep ruby red color, while ripe dark red cherry fruit aromas and flavors are primary, front and center. However, within 30 minutes of airing, the olfactory becomes more defined, precise and focused with greater depth and concentration. The Volpaia is beautifully balanced and harmonious with an expansive and rich, but elegant and supple tannin gliding cross the palate. Good acid balance and and fresh vibrancy help to extend the lengthy finish. Aroma and flavor profiles dark cherries, balsamic and a slightly charred wood spice. Serve the Volpaia Riserva with a main course of roast veal or porchetta. Very appealing to drink now, but should improve for 3-5 years, the Volpaia’s precise balance makes it a candidate for extended cellaring.
“The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva (made with 100% Sangiovese) offers up a pretty layer of tar or crushed stone upon first nose. These tones, rather tight at the beginning, then relax and cede to plum, blackberry, spice and cured tobacco. The wine is direct and impactful in the mouth with sharp precision and a linear, fresh finish. Pair it with a steak au poivre. Some 60,000 bottles were made.” – 92 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
The 2015 – “Though saturated with black currant and blackberry fruit and backed by opaque tannins, this red is pure and balanced. Thyme, iron, leather and tar notes give this complexity, while the finish goes into overtime. Best from 2023 through 2040. 2,500 cases imported.” – 96 points, Wine Spectator — BS Ranked #3/Top 100 2018