2013 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva (750ml)15 12 0 0
"Castell'in Villa remains a beacon for classically built wines, even if the Chianti Classicos are a bit more approachable young than they used to be. Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa is a notorious recluse. She releases her wines later than most of her colleagues and is reluctant to show them at all. But wine lovers who are familiar with Castell'in Villa know just how special the wines can be. The 2013 Riserva is especially fine."
- Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
Castell'in Villa is a small estate in Castelnuovo Berardenga, at the south end of the Chianti Classico region. Both the Chianti Classico and the Riserva are made entirely of Sangiovese, vinified using indigenous fermentations and aged in the traditional large oval barrels, and have been some of the best wines in the appellation for decades. (The owner of the estate, Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa, has never wavered in her commitment to traditional winemaking.) The resulting wines are soulful, distinctive, long-lived, and delicious, proof that the Sangiovese grape can rise to greatness when grown in the right place.
"The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva is dark, powerful and super-expressive. Black cherry, plum, smoke, sage, licorice, spice, leather and tobacco add shades of character to a wine that shows the more virile side of Sangiovese. The 2013 Riserva is a wine of tremendous intrigue, the sort of wine that opens up over hours, constantly revealing new dimensions of personality. For that reason, it is one of the most compelling and important wines in all of Tuscany. The 2013 is stellar. Don't miss it." 94 points - Antonio Galloni (Vinous, July 2019)