Saturday, February 23, 2013
Casale Dello Sparviero Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Docg, Tuscany, Italy
This wine is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes with ageing taking place in French oak barriques for 18 months and alcohol coming in at 14%.
This wine opened up with a very interesting bouquet of red cherry, raspberry, violets, licorice, tobacco leaf and savoury spices. On the mouthfeel, medium bodied, red fruit flavours, spicy with lively acidity and fine dusty tannins. It has a great depth and length on the finish with underlying earthiness and flavours of sour cherry, prune and cedar notes lingering. This is a very youthful, bright, traditional style of Chianti Classico Riserva and a definite food wine, best paired with Italian pasta in a tomato based sauce or an antipasto platter with strong cheese. This is a good value Chianti with an edgy personality, very enjoyable. Score 90 points.
*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Kolonaki Group prior to Vintages New Release of March 2, 2013 (317313) at $18.95