2009 Castello di Bossi "Berardo" Chianti Classico Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Castello di Bossi’s 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo lives up to the celebrated reputation of this historic wine. That extra intensity and structure really comes through, giving it a firm anchor in the mouth. A sweet note of black cherry adds the proverbial high note before the wine slowly tapers out in the mouth. Wait a few more years for optimal drinkability. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. (ML)
This is an exceptional Chianti Classico that sees two years in oak to bring out those soft nuances of spice and tobacco. But that bright Sangiovese fruit is never far, and it chimes in with crisp freshness on the finish as well as tangy notes of wild berry and cherry.
Castello di Bossi's 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo explodes from the glass with dark cherries, plums, smoke, incense and new leather. A rich, exuberant wine, the 2009 Berardo is loaded with personality. The new oak is barely noticeable in this broad shouldered, classy, utterly impeccable Riserva.
The balsamic flavors of juniper, rosemary and sage, coupled with cherry and tobacco, are intriguing, complemented by aggressive tannins. An austere version, finishing long and savory. Best from 2015 through 2023.
"In my estimation, Marco Bacci's Castello di Bossi delivers one of the absolute best interpretations of Chianti Classico from the Castelnuovo Berardenga subzone," writes Wine Advocate's Monica Larner. "Temperatures are a few degrees warmer here on average and soils are slightly richer and redder. These conditions favor dark and powerful wines. The challenge is maintaining balance and freshness - things regularly achieved in Marco Bacci’s wines." (08/2013)