2012 Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva IGT

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$29.95

"Blackberry, black cherry and light spice flavors butt up against gruff tannins. Tobacco and underbrush elements line the moderate finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,000 cases imported. –BS " (WS)

"The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva is a lovely expression that deserves attention. I am impressed by the pristine and mellow nature of the bouquet that is enhanced with bright tones of red cherry, wild berry, spice and lightly toasted almond. Sangiovese is blended with 20% Merlot and aged in oak for 15 months. There are sweet oak flavors, although that spice is well integrated within the fleshy and rich nature of the fruit. The wine is tight and linear on the close, and could use another year or so to flesh out further.

Barbara Widmer's Brancaia offers a stunning set of new releases with wines from some of the best recent vintages including 2010 and 2013. If you are a Brancaia fan, as am I, you should not miss these wines." (WA)

"The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva is gorgeous. Supple and radiant on the palate, the 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva offers striking delineation and plenty of class. Freshly cut flowers, bright red-fleshed fruit and a touch of French oak blossom nicely in the glass. The inclusion of Merlot gives the Riserva lovely mid-palate pliancy and depth. This is a terrific wine for the year. " (VM)

"The flower and blueberry character on the nose and palate are impressive. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold." (JS)

"A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, this opens with aromas of sun-baked earth, ripe plum, blue flower and a whiff of oak-driven spice. The firm palate delivers dried black cherry, anise, coconut, mocha and grilled sage alongside dusty tannins that leave a slightly astringent finish." (WE)