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Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva
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16¾/20

Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Tuscany, ItalyIn 2015, warm days and cool nights were a steady pattern during the growing season leading to a vintage to remember. For some the quality is reminiscent of the fabulous 1997s. The label is historic, issued first in 1928, but with the inauguration of the Antinori nel Chianti Classico cellars at Bargino, the family sought to revive and reinterpret the Tuscan classic with a Riserva offering, and some offering it is. After a 15-day ferment in stainless steel the sangiovese goes through malolactic while the merlot and cabernet sauvignon go through malo in barrel. The final blend is aged in mostly larger casks and partly in barrel for some 20 months. The nose opens with meaty, black fruit notes showing some of the intensity of 2015. The attack is as rich and powerful as it gets for sangiovese. The combination of earthy, forest floor notes and intense black cherry, black raspberry fruit is impressive as is the long persistent finish, marked with light vanilla, mineral and balsamic notes. Keep three to five years before you begin to open this gem.Tasted: 20 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 30.49 BCLS AB 31.00 private wine shops MB 33.00 ON 30.00 QC 30.00 NB 36.00 PEI 28.00 Producer: Marchesi AntinoriDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Halpern
Maison Maxxium Vins et Spiritueux
Varietal: SangioveseCSPC: 852087UPC: 8001935005407