2009 Riecine Chianti Classico

SKU #1108537 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of cherry-vanilla, blueberry and sweet coffee, with a subtle floral quality emerging with air. At once plush and juicy, showing very good depth to its dark fruit flavors; vanilla and violet nuances contribute sweetness and lift. The supple tannins arrive late on the sweet, long finish. This is hard to resist now but will still drink well five or six years down the road.  (9/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A rich version, exhibiting cherry, strawberry and rhubarb flavors allied to a vibrant structure. Harmonious and long, with dusty tannins under the fruit and spice aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2020.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

This vintage of Riecine's Chianti Classico is outstanding, they have always been one of my favorite producers but this vintage seems more complete than the last few years. This vintage the warm, supple, plump cherry fruit enriches the mid palate while the acidity stretches it long across your palate. Heavenly aromatics flow from your glass highlighting hints of earth and spice you sense on your palate that seem to stretch and repeat and repeat. Really super Chianti, this wine will put Chianti Classico back into your drinking routine. Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2012 | Send Email
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I've always enjoyed this property but the balance, richness and freshness in this vintage is remarkable. Soft and velvety on the palate while it still has superb length that displays the ripe, wild cherry flavors. Great drinking now and will age for another 5-6 years well.
Drink from 2012 to 2017

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.