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Tonight we are going to review a very special wine – Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 by Marchesi Antinori. This is a Chianti Classico wine, made mainly of sangiovese grapes and mixed with just a bit of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc in order to bring more structure and complexity to the blend. For over six centuries, the Antinori family is synonymous to excellence in the art of winemaking. All throughout its history, Antinori managed the business with innovative and sometimes bold decisions, while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and environment. Villa Antinori is an ideology, a way of winemaking: on the one hand, experimentation and evolution, on the other hand, continuity and tradition, but enough with all that theory – on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble ruby color with elegant garnet shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black and red fruit flavours: blackberry, black plum, blackcurrant, black cherry, black raspberry, ripe red plum, ripe sour cherry, violets, cherry tree wood and elegant hints of sweet tobacco. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, nutmeg, roasted oakwood, tobacco, anise, black tea and some subtle hints of vanilla.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, strong acidity and ripe tannin. It feels bold, firm and seedy, with a well structured body and a nuanced, fruity-ripe accent. This is a youthful, complex and quite tart wine, that feels a bit off its balance, with some hints of angularity due to its overwhelming acidity. The wine has a seedy-tannic grip on the mouthfeel and a quite appealing overall balance, lacking just a bit of harmony.
The wine has a long finish and a balanced, tart and seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Italy and, with a total of 91.5 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a classic Chianti blend – ripe, bold and seedy, with a great ageing potential – a wine that has not yet reached the summit of its prime form, thus, one that requires 3 to 5 more years of bottle ageing. It has a firm tannic grip on the mouthfeel with overwhelming acidity, which leads to a seedy-tart finale. This wine is a fine example of how a textbook italian blend can be crafted using tradition and technology, mixing indigenous and international grape varieties, preserving the elegance of Chianti’s terroir. Our recommendation is to pair this wine with some classic italian cuisine, like for example ragù bolognese with meat sauce or penne pasta with meat sauce. Salute!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Villa Antinori | Chianti Classico | Riserva | 2015
overall rating: | 91.5 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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