Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
A highly colored brilliant red wine with complex aromas and flavors of dried, wild cherry and black plum underscored by dried sage and leather supported by ripe extracted tannins. The finish is extended and elegant.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and layered, with impressive dried berries and plum on the nose and palate. Full and juicy."
The Piccini winery is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone and possesses strong Tuscan traditions. Now in its 126th year of business, the Piccini winery torch has been passed down to the fourth generation of Piccini's. New DOCG wines now complete the entire Tuscan portfolio including Chianti, Chianti Superiore, Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and a new Super Tuscan, Sasso al Poggio and Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. View all Piccini Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33 out of 5 stars
13 ratings, 5 with reviewsJimG - Novato, CA19/11/2015Eight year old reserva chianti classico for $13! What did I expect? You get what you pay for or less in some cases. This chianti is over the hill (peaked) and still very chewy (tannic). Color shows age and taste shows it is on the downside. Do not expect any improvement with time, eight years is enough time and still it is not to my liking. I do not recommend this wine. This is not the type of chianti classico I prefer to drink.stuartwellman - Thermal, CA41/25/2017prm300 - Malvern, PA312/11/2016Anonymous - West Chester, PA411/8/2016Anonymous - Jacksonville, FL311/3/2016wine educator - Eugene, OR37/8/2016joe503 - Milmay, NJ25/19/2016Bob Furia - Breckenridge, CO55/9/2016Ted Rath - Canton, OH24/21/2016777 - Peoria, AZ311/29/2015Needs time for aeration...decant 3-4 hours ahead = very good, even next day is even better110/20/2015
no fruit left; flat and probably over the hill; unfortunately consistent after 2 bottlesBFL - Milford, PA19/27/2015Wish I would have seen some of the other reviews before purchasing this one! Extremely disappointed and would not recommend. I agree wholeheartedly with one of the other reviewers who sated this wine is on the downside. I didn't like it AT ALL!Canon John 3 - Bloomfield, CT35/21/2014
- Earth & Spicy
A brooding Chianti that needs time to open. Reminds me of Wuthering Heights.,. a nice place to visit but not to stay.
- Smooth & Supple