Ruby red, with good hue and intensity. Spicy with notes of flowers, wild berries and mineral tones. Notes of spices and fresh fruit, smooth tannins and consistent, good structure on the palate.
"The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva is stunningly beautiful. It boasts a great core of dark red fruit, licorice, spices, new leather and herbs. The 2009 impresses for its mid-palate density and sheer power. This is a great showing. The 2009 can be enjoyed today, but it is rather muscular, and is probably best suited for aging a few years. This is a terrific showing. A recent bottle of the 1995 was stunning in its beauty. The Riserva is 100% Sangiovese aged in a combination of casks and smaller French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029."
The Wine Advocate
"Dark, bright red. Rather tight but pure nose hints at raspberry, flowers and minerals. Pliant, perfumed and sweet in the mouth, with precise red cherry and mineral flavors complicated by hints of earth and tobacco on the smooth finish. A solid riserva bottling.
International Wine Cellar