Riecine's Riserva Chianti Classico is bolder than the younger wine. This is already very enjoyable with racy acidity supporting a softening palate. There are flavours and aromas of dark cherry, raspberry fruits mingling with savoury notes of balsamic, leather, mushroom, led pencil and vanilla. The texture is wonderfully silky and it finishes with more intensity and length than the standard Classico. A very fine example of this style, made with typical precision. This will continue to develop for another 5-10 years.
An ideal match for beef meatballs.
"This is the kind of wine that seems simple at first, and then evolves into something special. Pure, honest fruit and some real Tuscan flair. It's well structured and best served with food. Open it up and decant before you start cooking and it will reward you at the dinner table."
Riecine has always followed a pioneering path, defining a new style and approach in this classic region. Founded by Englishman John Dunkley, and today run by the Frank family, the estate is committed to a natural approach in winemaking. Certified organic and following biodynamic processes, the land is gently nurtured with plants, flowers, and grasses encouraged to flourish. This is to promote vineyard diversity and the health of the land. Closely monitored pickers select only the best, ripest and cleanest bunches from the vines; everything else remains in the fields to return to the earth. With winemaking in the skilled hands of Alessandro Campatelli, low sulphur additions, natural yeasts and long fermentation are de rigeur, as wines are gently coaxed into the world. Adhering strictly to the belief in Sangiovese as the only variety that should be used, these incredible wines are honest examples of that overused phrase 'a true sense of place'.