2009 Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva (Elsewhere $22)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Such clarity of fruit to this Chianti Classico with black cherries and blueberries and sliced mushrooms. Full body, chewy and rich. Very structured. Like a Brunello. Better in 2014.
Though packed with fresh cherry, berry and tobacco flavors, this is also chewy, with a spice and cedar side that adds depth. A modern style, yet harmonious and polished. Best from 2014 through 2023.
Vintner Alessandro François has crafted a dark and penetrating riserva, with savory aromas of black cherry, cured meat, moist earth and tobacco. Despite its bold style, the elegance of Sangiovese comes through nicely.