Grape blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo
Aged: 24 months, part in 25 hl oak casks, part in Barrique barrels
Alcohol content: 14% vol
Acidity: 5.3 g/l
Residual sugars: 0.23 g/l
Chianti Riserva is a wine that ages at length, “pampered”, even in the past, by every winemaker: selected bunches, lengthy and purposeful ageing, in brief a special wine. In 2017 its production, at La Vialla, was a challenge. The season was difficult, with frost and then intense heat, which decreased the number of bunches (in particular in the Sangiovese) by as much as 50%. The remaining grapes were, however, excellent because the vines concentrated the sugars, polyphenols and anthocyanins in the few bunches they produced. The Sangiovese was entrusted to 25 hl wooden casks of Slavonian oak, and the Cabernet to used barrique barrels. After 12 months of ageing they were blended, after which they continued ageing, together, in 25 hl casks for about another 12 months.
Tasting – Colour: intense ruby red, barely transparent due to its density and integrity, tending towards garnet as it ages. The nose: prunes and Marasca cherries, spice from the wood and slight notes of menthol and juniper. In the mouth: dry but full-bodied, the tannins are still slightly “edgy” but harmonise over time, during ageing in the bottle, becoming silky.
Wine and Food Pairing – It goes well with succulent, robust dishes (pappardelle with porcini mushrooms or wild boar sauce, splendid steaks, stewed hare), cold cuts and mature cheeses. Try it on its own too, while chatting with friends or reading a good book.