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Date Printed: 1/26/2015
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
(search item no. 104802)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 1/26/2015: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The characteristic of 2005 year was the alternation of dry and hot periods with wet and relatively cold ones. The ripeness of grapes occurred slowly with a good development of aromatic components. The harvest was late, compared to the previous years, but a strict and rigid selection of bunches of grapes gave us the opportunity to bring in the cellar healthy and ripe grapes that enabled a regular fermentation. This brought the result of wines with a good aromatic character and a good balance between acidity and alcoholic concentration. Now it is too early to give a judgment for 2005 wines, but we can say that we can expect wines that will evolve well and that will be very enjoyable.

The Chianti Classico Riserva has a ruby red color with a trace of garnet. The nose is elegant, displaying hints of spice and fruit. This is a well-structured wine with smooth tannins and a long finish.

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About Castello di Volpaia:

Castello di Volpaia overlooks the village of Radda in Chianti. The town was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence/Siena border. Although only part of the original protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia one of the best preserved villages of its period. Just as it has been for the last 900 years, the entire village is intimately involved in the production of wine and olive oil. The cellars, bottling plant, barrels and olive press are nestled within the original stone walls that have been carefully restored by owners Carlo Mascheroni and Giovannella Stianti Mascheroni and their children, Nicoló and Federica.