2011 Chianti Classico Riserva
This has more density and warmth with aromas of baked cherries, plum, licorice and leather. The palate is accessible and rich with sweet spice and tobbacco notes, but still has the customary elegance you find in these wines. It controls the heat of the vintage well.
“The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva is fabulous. Powerful and classically austere, the 2010 oozes with class. A host of black cherry, plum, licorice, sage and lavender overtones develop with time in a complex wine that is going to need quite a few years to be
at its best. The 2010 Riserva will thrill readers who appreciate firm, structured wines built for cellaring”. 93+, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
`Outstanding, 95 points | Castell’in Villa is a small estate in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, at the southern end of the Chianti Classico region. While the estate has a long history, dating back to the 13th century, its present reputation for long-lived wine stems from the current owner, Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa, who bought the estate in 1968. With a frim commitment to local, traditional winemaking, this riserva is made entirely of Sangiovese from the best plots on the property. The wine is aged in traditional botti (large oval barrels) for two to three years, depending on the vintage.
Susan Hulme MW - 94 points - Initially reticent on the nose, with an edgy, nervy, vibrant style on the palate. Tenacious and assertive.
Andrew Jefford - 97 points - Its aromatic profile is soft and refined but very tempting, while on the palate it’s smooth, elegant and fine, offering great ripeness and tenderness. Gorgeous stuff.
Monty Waldin - 95 points - Well constructed and offering lots of depth, while being focused and bright, with a notable ‘Chiantiness’. The tannins are quite dense, but it has the fruit to match.`
Decanter, May 2019 edition