Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2010
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
#21 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014
The Chianti Classico Riserva has a ruby-red hue with a trace of garnet. The nose is elegant, displaying hints of spice and fruit. This a well-structured wine with smooth tannins and a long finish.
Wine Spectator - "This enticing red offers floral, strawberry, raspberry and mineral aromas and flavors. Elegant and harmonious, showing no shortage of structure, this has fine complexity, with a lingering aftertaste of berry and mineral."
Wine Enthusiast - "Made from organically farmed grapes, this gorgeous expression of Sangiovese opens with rich aromas of ripe plum, leather and cooking spices. The vibrant palate delivers a core of black cherry and raspberry accented by white pepper, thyme, sage and mineral notes, with fresh acidity and solid tannins.
James Suckling - "This is a perfumed and structured Chianti Classico with lavender, fresh mushroom and blackberries on the nose and palate. Full body, fine tannins and a racy finish."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva straddles a fine line between modernity and traditionalism. Aromas are chiseled and defined with bold cherry, Spanish cedar, moist tobacco and pressed red flower. The fruit layering is rich, but never over-the-top. In fact, the wine feels downright elegant, tight and pristine overall. It’s a pure expression of Sangiovese."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Dark ruby-red. Red berries, violet, rose and tobacco sing from the glass. Sweetly spicy on the palate, with cinnamon and nutmeg notes complicating the dark plum and red berry flavors. Finishes lively and bright in typical 2010 fashion, with polished tannins. More approachable now than the Coltassala. "
International Wine Cellar - "Very intense purple-ruby color. Plum, blackcurrant and inky herbs on the nose. Suave and dense on the palate, with juicy flavors of small black forest berries offering excellent clarity and cut. The long finish shows a beautiful mouthwatering quality, with harmonious acids that really extend the flavor. One of the most successful Volpaia Chiantis in recent memory. Still, although I realize that Chianti allows up to 20% other grapes in the blend, I feel it's a shame to see sangiovese-based wines with this sort of deep purple hue."
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Castello di Volpaia Winery
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. View all Castello di Volpaia 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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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
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
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.