2009 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva
Expert Ratings
WS 92 points
JS 92 points
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The Vines of Volpaia and 3.97 stars out of 5! 92-Point Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva (Last 18 cases)

The 2009 Tuscan growing season, particularly on the cooler hillsides between Florence and Siena, is already being favorably compared to the magnificent 2001 and 1999 vintages. With the exception of a hot spell between July 20th and August 20th, the summer months were unusually dry and mild. At harvest, sugars topped out at 25 Brix, even as acids remained firm and vibrant. The greatest names of region — Isole e Olena, Fontodi and Castello di Volpaia — put out some of their finest bottles of the new millennium.

Ian D'Agata, a contributor to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar and the director of the International Wine Academy in Rome, may have said it best when he wrote that "the truly great Chiantis … can rival the greatest from Bordeaux, Napa Valley and other viticultural areas of the world."

At Castello di Volpaia, the highest-elevation planting in the region, the "Campo a Pitti," "Casetto" and "Montanino" vineyards took full advantage of their 1,500-1,700 foot perches. With the exception of a torrid stretch between July 20th and August 20th, summer days above the ancient village of Volpaia were sunny, mild and dry, with thermometer readings tumbling nearly 30 degrees overnight. That dramatic diurnal temperature shift made for extraordinarily sweet, small-berry Sangiovese — and one of the richest, most sumptuous Riservas in Volpaia history.

Released in August, after a two-year stint in a mix of french barriques and slavonian puncheons and two more in bottle, the 2009 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico is deep ruby to the rim, infused with dark, brooding aromas of crushed red fruits, black cherry preserves, underbrush and classic pine needles. The attack is broad, full-bodied and sumptuous, packed with crushed-red-fruit preserves, velour-like in texture, outpointing most baseline Brunelli of the vintage.



Tasting Notes

2009 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva
"The sweet black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors highlight this powerful, polished red. The fruit, earth and spice notes prevail as the tannic grip emerges on the finish."
92 points -- Wine Spectator

"Dried fruits with hints of pepper and dark chocolate on the nose. Full and chewy yet balanced and delicious."
92 points -- James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

"(aged for two years in small oak casks before bottling) Deep ruby to the edge with dark, brooding aromas of crushed red fruits, black cherry preserves, underbrush and classic pine needles. The attack is broad, full-bodied and mouth filling. Rich and plush, velour-like in texture, this is a STUNNING Riserva, a bottle that outpoints all too many baseline Brunelli. Drink now — after two hours in an open carafe — or age for up to a decade in a cool cellar."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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