Castello di Volpaia – Riserva 2012 – Chianti Classico

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Red wine with a medium-deep ruby red colour. It’s youthful and fresh on the nose; this one is showing more primary fruit, no presence of oak really, more on the red berry, red cherry, with a certain sweet spiciness. The palate has medium weight in terms of fruitiness, still with a youthful extract and pronounced tannins on the mid-palate; but rather well-balanced, and I think the tannin gives a lift to that rather sweet – almost cooked – fruit, like stewed red berries. It has a certain length, medium towards long, and I think it appears pretty drinkable today. One more year and it will gain some more roundness; but nicely made in a traditional style.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.