2014 BIBBIANO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA
As much as I love the innovative and forward styles of New World wines (wines from countries where Vitis Vinifera or wine grapes did NOT originate), there’s something to be said about a winery that’s been around in the Old World (think Europe) since 1865. With trials and tribulations that span more than 150 years, many of the best wines in the Old World give you that feeling of antiquity and historical relevance when you taste them. I gained that very impression when I tasted Bibbiano’s Chianti Classico Riserva. With rock-solid poise, immense depth and precisely delineated flavors, the wine’s powerfully complex dark fruits, spices and subtle smoke are classic to the Old World style, and are intermixed with a newfound love and appreciation for a region that produces some of the best wines in the world.
Created from 100% Sangiovese and aged for the required 24 months before bottling, this wine has a lovely dense and satiny texture that comes lined with spices, dried flowers and cassis. At under thirty per bottle this Riserva has everything that I look for in great Chianti Classico. I wouldn’t wait for the scores to come out before securing your case, because there are few cases imported of this stunning wine.
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