Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2009
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
This riserva has a luminous ruby red color. Appealing aromas of dark cherries, plums, sweet spice, violets, vanilla and hints of dark chocolate and menthol emerge on the nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied but smooth with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Tannins are well integrated with the alcohol, and lead to a subtly sweet, silky finish.
Pair this wine with Korean short ribs, ragù sauces, gnocchi with roasted rabbit, and beef negimaki.
The Wine Advocate - "Castello di Bossi's 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo lives up to the celebrated reputation of this historic wine. That extra intensity and structure really comes through, giving it a firm anchor in the mouth. A sweet note of black cherry adds the proverbial high note before the wine slowly tapers out in the mouth. Wait a few more years for optimal drinkability. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. "
Wine Enthusiast - "This is an exceptional Chianti Classico that sees two years in oak to bring out those soft nuances of spice and tobacco. But that bright Sangiovese fruit is never far, and it chimes in with crisp freshness on the finish as well as tangy notes of wild berry and cherry."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Castello di Bossi's 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo explodes from the glass with dark cherries, plums, smoke, incense and new leather. A rich, exuberant wine, the 2009 Berardo is loaded with personality. The new oak is barely noticeable in this broad shouldered, classy, utterly impeccable Riserva."
Wine Spectator - "The balsamic flavors of juniper, rosemary and sage, coupled with cherry and tobacco, are intriguing, complemented by aggressive tannins. An austere version, finishing long and savory"
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Castello di Bossi Winery
The Bossi Castle is located in the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southernmost appellation of Chianti Classico, amidst evergreen woods and long rows of vines. With a history dating back to the 9th century A.D., the estate embraces modern technology, while at the same time respecting the traditional character of the lands of Chianti. This balance has been a key part of Marco Bacci's vision as he has brought Castello di Bossi to the highest ranks in the realm of international wine.
The estate is led by a dynamic team that never shies from technological innovation, while also remaining true to the terroir of Chianti. Marco Bacci is the mastermind of Castello di Bossi, following with careful attention to detail all the operations from beginning to end. View all Castello di Bossi 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.
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6 ratings, 5 with reviewsanthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN48/25/2014
Drinking beautifully now this wine is medium bodied and feminine in style. Dominated by sweet cherry and strawberry flavors with tobacco and leather aroma's it is classic Sangiovese. Plenty of tannis support the savory finish. However, I am not sure it is significantly better than the regular reserve.blckmmb - Gypsum, CO47/28/2014
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Excellent Chianti Riserva, not fully matured as of july 2014, but still layered and rich. Noticeable black berry notes, dry and well structured, with tannis under control for a moderate finish. Can't wait for another year or two to fully develop.sherin_sruthi - Young America, MN26/18/2014
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- Lasagne > Meat
good one!Charlotte Colmar - Berkeley, CA54/28/2014
- Light & Fruity
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- White Fish
Prestwood - New Albany, OH23/26/2014Very disappointed. Would not buy againThe Real McCoy - Plymouth, MI53/8/2014Outstanding Wine!! One of my favorite Tuscan wines!!Related ProductsBrilliant ruby red color. The wine is flavors of bright red fruit and spice with ample tannin. Balanced and harmonious, ...Ruby red color tending towards garnet. A rich intense and complex bouquet with notes of black cherry and spice. The ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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