Grape Varieties: Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon
Chianti may well be the single best-known wine in the world - historically celebrated, universally revered and enjoyed over centuries. Produced from select grapes grown in the "Classico" region of Chianti between Siena and Florence, this aristocratic Tuscan wine has reached new heights in Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva. After aging two years in Slavonian oak casks, this elegant, well-balanced wine has flavors of vanilla, cocoa and spice.
An honored red wine, Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva is a fine gourmet accompaniment to red roasts, pastas and cheese.
Excellent color, taste, and smoothness. I love Chianti's and this an an outstanding representative of the Banfi region.
Like most Italian wines, this reserve Chianti did better with barbequed chicken and peppers than by itself. While at the upper end of my price range, it is not at the upper end of the taste range of the 5 Chiantis under $20 that I tasted. I'll admit that these wines are turning out to be an acquired taste to me.