Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2009
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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. "
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"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."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"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"
Outstanding Wine!! One of my favorite Tuscan wines!!
Smooth & Supple
Lasagne > Meat
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.
Light & Fruity
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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...
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One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...
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