2011 Riecine Chianti Classico
A beautiful red with plums, flowers and hints of cedar. Full body, round tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and delicious. Drink now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium red. Deep, penetrating aromas of red cherry, raspberry, crushed blackcurrant, violet and minerals. Silky and pure, with harmonious acidity providing focus and precision to the ripe, sweet raspberry and currant flavors. Finishes with lovely perfume, polished tannins and a sweet note of maraschino cherry. One of the finest entry-level Chianti Classicos of 2011.
This structured wine opens with quintessential Sangiovese aromas of violet and black berries punctuated with whiffs of leather and balsamic herbs. The palate delivers a core of black cherry accented with mint, black pepper and licorice notes that add depth. The hint of prune on the finish reflects the warm, challenging vintage, but this is a delicious, well-balanced wine. Enjoy soon.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chianti Classico shows laid-back lines and easy-drinking characteristics. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for with fresh simplicity. Wild berry and underbrush are the primary aromas. Sweet cherry fruit appears on the compact close. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.
On the heels of the 2010, which was a big hit with K&L staff earlier this year, the 2011 is 100% Sangiovese, hailing from the organically farmed 30 hectare Riecine estate located Gaiole in Chianti. Here the rocky quartz and clay soils, farmed meticulously by hand, yield fruit with intensity and depth. Reicine also implements some biodynamic treatments and believes in slow, natural yeast fermentation; this enhances Sangiovese's natural spicy red fruit aromas and flavors and distinctive earthy character. For the Classico, a portion of the fruit ferments in small open vat lots with the balance in stainless steel, followed by aging for twelve to eighteen months in barrel. This is a lovely, medium-bodied Chianti with spicy red cherry and black plum aromas and flavors accented by cedar and earth spices. It's got just the right balance of fruit and tannin to pair well with a variety of foods. For a classic Tuscan pairing, try it with pappardelle with boar ragu!