2014 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva

SKU #1353836 93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva is a bold, powerful wine that is going to need a few years to soften and come into its own. Wild cherry, tobacco, lavender, menthol, licorice and exotic spice overtones abound. The more virile side of Sangiovese is very much in evidence here. Another few years in bottle should help the tannins soften. (AG)  (1/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Inviting aromas of wild berry, violet and sandalwood are front and center. Made with organically farmed Sangiovese, it's bright, savory and linear, offering Morello cherry, black raspberry and baking spice framed in vibrant acidity and refined tannins. A fantastic showing and unusually expressive for the cool, wet vintage. (KO)  (3/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 A firm and silky red with blueberry, bark and blanched walnut character. Medium body. Lightly austere finish. Nicely done for 2014. Drink now.  (10/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctly earthy, this red also displays black cherry, leather and mineral flavors. Vibrant, riding a line between elegant and chewy, with a firm finish. Drink now through 2024. (BS)  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
A wonderful achievement. Great wine makers skills truly come out in tough vintages. It's no secret that 2014 wasn't as strong as it could have been in Tuscany, but Volpaia has made one of the most accessible and easy drinking Chianti's I've had from any vintage and it sits atop the list for 2014 in particular. It is the perfect Chianti to drink now while waiting on the more classically reserved vintages to age and show their true potential. This wine is supple and soft, but not lacking for a backbone. It will pair with a wide range of hearty meals and is a no brainer if you're looking for that bottle to bring that everyone at the table will enjoy.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
The nose says high altitude Chianti Classico, a focused combo of cherry fruit, Tuscan herbs and a bit of earth. On the palate however the wine takes a different turn, the edges are smoothed out and the fruit becomes plumier while hints of chocolate smooth out the palate presence. The finish is fresh, balanced and begs for a bit of food, yet this wine is easy to drink on its own.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva is simply beautiful. The opulent, forward fruit that is typical of the year is present, but a firm sense of structure keeps things from going over the top. If that sounds appealing you’ll love this wine. Dark red fruit, flowers, minerals and spices come together beautifully in this Riserva. Buy a few for the Fathers day gathering and a bottle or two for Pops as well.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
Produced from some of the highest elevation vineyards in the Chianti Classico zone, Castello di Volpaia is solid in 2014, with a profile that is authentically of the region, while bringing a softened, savory roundness which should appeal to folks who are new to Chianti. Aromas are spicy/sweet and savory, with gently warmed dark cherries in the lead, which carry over to the palate, picking up some plum flavors as well. Less acid, a little less earthy and astringent than many other Chianti Classico wines, this Riserva bottling is a nice taste of Toscana from a venerable Chianti producer.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This is a Chianti that is drinkable for everyone. It is balanced and expressive, with good purity of fruit. It shows a supple and rounded quality, but good structure keeps it fresh and lively, thanks to its high elevation origins. This will make a fantastic food wine as it hits that prefect balance between bright red fruit and dusky tannin base. This winemaker really knows what he is doing.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Chianti

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14