93 Points - James Suckling
92 Points - Vinous
Castello di Volpaia is a medieval village built in the 11th Century on the Florence/Sienna border. Although only part of the protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the traditional layout and buildings within the village are intact, making Volpaia one of the best preserved villages from its time. However, this ancient village is not just a piece of history - it is also a fully functional winery. Inside the traditional architecture is advanced winemaking technology, and located beneath the old church is the wine cellar, where the finished wine is matured in Slovenian oak for 12 - 14 months.
Ruby red in color, Castello Di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva is created from 100% Sangiovese. The grapes were farmed organically and harvested by hand. After they were destalked and very lightly crushed, the grapes were first fermented for 14 days in their own yeast at temperatures between 80 and 86°F. During this phase, they were automatically punched down twice a day to draw out their finest qualities. After macerating on their skins for an additional 7 days, the malolactic fermentation began and finally the wine was moved to barrels, where it was aged for 2 years. The result is an elegant aromatic wine offering notes of spice and red fruit on the nose. The full-bodied palate is well structured with silky tannins offering aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry, tobacco and oak. Hints of licorice lingers through the long, persistence finish.
“Very perfumed and vivid on the nose. Equally so on the palate with a medium body, integrated tannins and a long and linear finish. Very polished and silky. Drink now.” - James Suckling
"Succulent dark cherry, plum, lavender, menthol and French oak are very nicely delineated in the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva. There is lovely depth and juiciness to the fruit, but the Riserva remains very much medium in body. A wine of restraint and polish, the 2013 Riserva is super-impressive today. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.” - Vinous
Product of Italy
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%