Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red in color. The nose shows intensely fruity notes of ripe cherries, red currants, and wild berry fruit along with well integrated notes of toasted oak and tobacco, and a touch of balsamic sensations. The palate is ample and enveloping, savory, soft in its tannins and velvety in texture. The finish and aftertaste are long and persistent.Made with 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Black currant, cedar, olive, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors suggest Cabernet in the blend, in a positive sense. This red is fluid, elegant and firmly structured, with fine balance and a long, gripping finish. The taut profile shows the potential for aging. Best from 2022 through 2038.
The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori (made with Sangiovese and a tiny bit of Merlot to soften out the edges) is a linear and broad red wine that would pair with simple meat or pasta dishes. You get tons of fruit here with cherry, blackberry and a touch of soft baking spice woven in on the close. This pretty vintage is focused and sharp in character.
Antinori's historic label is based on Chianti Classico's tradition of blending Sangiovese with a small amount of other grape varieties; in this case Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malvasia Nera. Aged predominantly in large oak casks, it offers charming notes of sweet garden herbs, wild cherry and cinnamon. A flinty edge counters the ripe easygoing core and powdery tannins are yielding. This will give plenty of pleasure in the near term. Drinking Window 2020 - 2025