2012 Riecine Chianti Classico

SKU #1209079 93 points Decanter

 Bright ruby and transparent, yet you find yourself searching the glass for a skeleton, skate-wing bones of neatly structured and delicate tannins fanning out through the fruit. Fine, focused and extremely drinkable. Drink 2015-2022  (6/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 A beautiful red with delicate but rich flavors, bright acidity and an orange-peel undertone. Medium body with fine tannins and a fresh, clean, savory, salty finish. Very Burgundian. Pure Sangiovese. Drink now or hold.  (10/2014)

17 points Jancis Robinson

 17++, Mid ruby with orange tinges. Exotically spiced nose with black tea leaves and sweet red fruit that is still a little closed. Full, sweet fruit with amazingly racy acidity and lots of grainy tannins. Very long and attention grabbing. (WS).  (3/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 Here’s a vibrant wine that opens with pretty aromas of blue flower, rose and berry. The savory palate doles out juicy red cherry, mint, thyme and clove alongside fresh acidity and supple tannins. It finishes on a succulent note. (KOK)  (7/2015)

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By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
I was incredible pleased with this Chianti! Bright cherry, cranberry and musty aromas fill the glass. Up front the palette has clean fruit, but finishes with a long lasting beautiful earthiness that just begs for another sip. Excellent now to drink, but will age nicely for at least 5 years.

By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2016 | Send Email
An excellent, easy going, interesting Chianti. This medium-bodied wine starts off with delicious red and black cherry flavors, then transcends into great characteristics of dry spice and finishes with a slight savory note. It is well balanced, layered, and offers a lot at only $19.99!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2015 | Send Email
Regardless of a couple of ownership changes over the past two decades, Riecine remains among the top tier estates in Tuscany. Their 2012 Chianti is juicy and medium-bodied with intensely flavored spiced red fruit, mild tannins and a lengthy finish. It's terrific to drink now or over the next few years. Delicious.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2015 | Send Email
I just opened this for our staff tasting and this little “Chianti” stop the show, with lots of kudos from my colleges. This Sangiovese has lots of bang for the buck (or EURO). Medium –bodied with dark fruit, good acidity and a really long finish. This is the perfect Chianti to serve, while you’re Bar-B-queing.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
2012 is really a "Classic" year for Chianti Classico, I almost don't want to say Chianti because so many folks have an idea of what they think Chianti tastes (and it isn't good) like but this is just out and out fantastic wine. Guido and I visited Sean this February (yes Sean he's Irish) and were blown away by the purity of expression. The nose is full of spicy cherry with bits of bramble and earth behind that. On the palate the wine has loads of fruit that is bright and crisp with hints of wild cherry, superb balance and length and is just an experience! You'll love it!
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5