Updated: Dec 29, 2019
Riserva Chianti DOCG 2015
I am not a big fan of Chianti wines. Probably I have never bought a bottle in my life. This one has been donated to me by a friend of mine invited to one of my sumptuous lunches. Actually I should say a stingy friend of mine. I have just realized that this bottle is on offer at Waitrose for less than £7. Anyway, coming back to the wine. It is a blend of Sangiovese (85%) and other not specified grapes. After the harvests, the grapes ferment between 26-28C, they do the malolactic fermentation, and then they age in French oak for around 24 months. After that they age even in the bottle before being released to the market. According to the rules, Chianti Riserva must be aged 24 months of which at least three months in the bottle. Salute!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium to medium plus. There is a hint of violet, a nice mix of red fruits, but also some balsamic and herbal fragrances at the eucalyptus and the tomato leaf. Notes of liquorice and black pepper enrich the aromatic palette. The oak aging donates to the wine aromas of cloves, charred wood and smoke; while the bottle aging helps to develop hints of leather, mushroom and forest floor.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%), but you still feel the heat wave. The flavour intensity is medium plus, with the sour cherry and alcohol preserved fruits notes becoming overwhelming. Also the smoke aroma is stronger. The finish is medium, while the alcohol or its effect remaining longer.
It is a nice wine to drink daily and without having many expectations. It works fine with dishes as broad beans soup or obviously red meat. The wine is ready to drink now; I don’t think it is worth to keep it in your cellar for ageing waiting for the miracle.
Final vote: 87
Price: £10.79 at Waitrose.com