Valiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2005

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

Item No. 109427
  • red wine
  • WS90
  • WE90
  • W&S90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

Brick red with a scent of sweet spices, black plums and a touch of rose petal. The palate exhibits delicate notes of fennel seed, white pepper and dried rosemary mixed with plum and cherries. The tannins are silky yet structured, softened by an oak protocol of ten months in Slovenian oak vats and another six in barrique. The wine's balanced acidity and firmly supported fruit end in a finish of considerable length. Four months bottle aging precede release.

Critical Acclaim

"Sweet berry and plum, with a hint of oak barrels on the nose. Full-bodied, round and velvety, with lots of new wood and ripe fruit. Chewy. A powerful version. Best from 2010 through 2014."
90 Points

"From the warmer 2005 vintage, this Riserva Chianti Classico is packed tight with mature aromas of black cherry, cassis, leather, black tobacco and a touch of drying graphite. The wine would pair with cheesy lasagna al forno."
90 Points

"This wine's plump, plummy fruit is immediately appealing when first poured, feeling soft and rich. The texture lends generosity to sangiovese's mineral tannins without erasing them. Ready to drink with roast squab."
90 Points

Learn About Valiano Map ItMap It

Fattoria di Valiano is situated in the hills of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southern commune in the Chianti area, in the province of Siena, is one of the most prestigious zones in the Chianti Classico area. The estate dates back more than 2000 years, back to the Gallic Wars times. In 1960, the land was owned by the President of the Republic, Giovanni Gronchi, and acquired by the...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) 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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Learn About Sangiovese

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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