Villa Antinori 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva (Gold Label)
With the 2010 vintage, Marchesi Antinori adds Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva to the Villa Antinori Toscana IGT Rosso and Bianco. The new Antinori Chianti Classico Cellars in Bargino, in the Chianti Classico area, are the place where the wine ferments and ages. The inaugural release of the 2010 Villa Chianti Classico Riserva is a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot. The juice was gently pressed into small French and Hungarian oak barrels for 12 months of aging. It has an intense ruby red in color with fruit and spice aromas. Light touches from the oak aging underscore the cherry and red berry notes that are typical of the Sangiovese grape. The Wine Advocate scored it 90 points saying "Sangiovese with 10% Merlot, the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori opens with a two-fold delivery of espresso grits and pressed red rose that give this wine a rather unique personality. The mouthfeel is bright and well-defined with cherry and dried raspberry that do a lot to sharpen the mouthfeel of this balanced Chianti Classico Riserva."