Chianti Classico Riserva

DOCG

Chianti Collection

Chianti Classico Riserva

GRAPE VARIETIES

Almost exclusively Sangiovese.

Method of production

The alcoholic fermentation with a medium period of maceration is followed by 2 years of aging in Slavonian oak barrels (60-120 hl). The wine concludes its evolution with an at least 6-month bottle aging.

The winemaker comment

Celebrating the best Tuscan tradition Banfi offers a family of Chianti wines varied and complementary, unique in its style. Chianti Riserva is produced from selected grapes grown in the "Classico" region of Chianti between Siena and Firenze. It is elegant, well-balanced, full-bodied with a very long aging potential.

Vintage notes 2012

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Canaiolo Nero
  • Method of production

    In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 25-30C° Centigrade for 7 days. Malolactic fermentation followed. The barrel aging was 12 months long in Slavonian Oak Casks. 

Specifications
  • ALCOHOL 13.0%
  • PH 3.42
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.0
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.4
  • Color intensity 0.68
  • Total acidity 5.1
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.45
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 110
  • Free 35
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began in the usual time frame, with dry weather in April and May. June was marked by cooler temperatures and a lack of rainfall. Summer saw a return to regular average temperatures in July through mid-August, when a sudden heat wave raised temperatures over 40°C (104°F) through the end of the month. A sun-drenched September, with normal average temperatures, allowed for a good harvest.
TASTING

The color is a full, deep garnet-colored red. The aroma is complex and rich of balsamic scents, but also of jam, tobacco and chocolate flavors. The structure is pronounced, due to the temperature rising up by the second half of August, and is supported by both sweet and discrete tannins that give dimension and length to the wine. Perfumes in the mouth are persistent and well balanced. The wine is perfectly enjoyable from now and also shows a great attitude to the medium-long aging.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days . Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.  

Specifications
  • ALCOHOL 13.5%
  • PH 3.50
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 28.0
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.98
  • Color intensity 0.72
  • Total acidity 5.0
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.44
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 108
  • Free 34
  • Seasonal Outcome Wine’s growth cycle started at the right time with particularly mild and dry weather in April and May. Sunny days in June were then followed by copious rainfall in mid-July, accompanied by a significant drop in temperature. August was fairly cool, but the region was then covered by an anti-cyclone weather pattern originating from Africa, which led to a spike in temperatures, reaching well above the average for the period and lasting for around two weeks, putting the vines under hydric stress and accelerating the ripening. September and October were sunny and dry with very hot temperatures.
  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days.  Malolactic: Yes Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.

Specifications
  • ALCOHOL 13.5%
  • PH 3.51
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 29.3
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.08
  • Color intensity 0.60
  • Total acidity 5.1
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.44
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 102
  • Free 36
  • Seasonal Outcome The start of the growing season was slightly delayed, with abundant spring rainfall and temperatures in May and June well below the seasonal average. The weather was warm and dry from mid-June through August, when temperatures dropped again. Cool nights encouraged the development of aromatics and the synthesis of polyphenols in the grapes, enhancing the overall quality of the bouquet and the wine’s acidity. Scarce rainfall allowed for ideal harvest conditions.
TASTING

Deep red mauve color. The bouquet is complex and recalls both varietal notes of plum jam and blackberry and notes of licorice, vanilla and a hint of leather. Wine of excellent structure, soft, well sized and balanced. The finish is very long. 

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days.  Malolactic: Yes Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks 

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.9
  • ALCOHOL 13.2%
  • PH 3.56
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.7
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.3
  • Color intensity 0.63
  • Total acidity 5.00
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.34
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 105
  • Free 35
  • Seasonal Outcome The spring start of the growth cycle was marked with significant rainfall, which provided abundant water reserves. The rainy phase continued through July, with particularly cool temperatures well below seasonal averages. After mid July, the weather turned warm and dry, allowing the vines to benefit from the water reserves. Relatively cool night temperatures allowed for the development of aromatics and the synthesis of polyphenols, enhancing the overall quality of the grapes. Harvest took place under tranquil conditions, with sunny, dry and warm weather in September and October.
TASTING

Deep red color with ruby nuances. The bouquet is round, with hints of violet, licorice and a very delicate leather note. In the mouth is incredibly generous, silky, enveloping and very warm. Persistent in the aftertaste

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days . Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.  

Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 13.3%
  • PH 3.43
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.7
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.2
  • Color intensity 0.65
  • Total acidity 5.00
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.48
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 107
  • Free 33
  • Seasonal Outcome The winter, with levels of precipitation above the seasonal average and quite mild temperatures, was followed by normal spring conditions in terms of both rainfall and temperature. Some rainfall marked the months of May and June, along with relatively cool temperatures through mid July. The hail storm which took place on Ferragosto (August 15th) only partially effected our vineyards, sparing the choicest fruit and impacting production with only a small decrease in quantity. Compared to recent years, all phases of the growing season were delayed, including the harvest which took place two weeks late but under optimal conditions
TASTING

Intense red color with ruby hint. The aromas are incredibly heterogeneous, with a truffle note coming out at first, followed by flavors of licorice, tobacco and plum jam. Potent and huge body, with a superior acidity that supports this lively and persistent wine.  Exceptional potential for medium to long term aging.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.   

Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 13.2%
  • PH 3.40
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 26.9
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.2
  • Color intensity 0.83
  • Total acidity 5.00
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.48
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 107
  • Free 35
  • Seasonal Outcome Thanks to a mild winter, the growing season started early, with anticipated flowering. Heavy rainfall in late May and early June provided sufficient water reserves in the soil to endure the mid-June heat wave. The harvest started about one week ahead of time yet still lasted into mid October without any difficulties, thanks to ideal fall weather.
TASTING

Deep red color with ruby hint. The aromatic profile is very complex, with an initial note of truffle, and then opens to a bouquet of licorice, tobacco and plum jam. Powerful and big structure, with a good acidity that supports this vibrant and persistent wine.  Outstanding prospective for moderate to long term aging.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.  

     

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.1
  • ALCOHOL 13.0%
  • PH 3.40
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 26.7
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.2
  • Color intensity 0.80
  • Total acidity 5.17
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.45
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 117
  • Free 34
  • Seasonal Outcome During the summer months the vines did not suffer any hydric stress thanks to the proper rainfalls in the spring. The high temperatures in July yielded for an extraordinary maturation. Then in August a right temperature range between day and night permitted a good harvest.
TASTING

Intense and deep red color with garnet nuances. Complex on the nose, with balsamic hints, reminiscent of jam, tobacco and a gentle note of leather. The structure is full and round, characterized by its sweet tannins, which give a great dimension, length and a long aftertaste on the palate. Excellent potential to a medium-long aging in the bottle.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days . Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.  

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.1
  • ALCOHOL 12.9%
  • PH 3.56
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 28.9
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.1
  • Color intensity 0.84
  • Total acidity 5.26
  • Malic Acidity 0.07
  • Volatile Acidity 0.47
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 115
  • Free 31
  • Seasonal Outcome A regular beginning of the season during the spring, followed by a summer which has not been too hot: in August the vines have never been under stress, while it has been an unusual cool month. September, except its first week, has been warm and sunny and, therefore, the harvest could be done without any trouble.
TASTING

Intense dark red color with burgundy nuances. The bouquet is complex with balsamic hints, reminiscent of jam, tobacco and cacao. The structure is compact,  round and significant with sweet tannins, which give a great dimension, length and a long aftertaste on the palate. Excellent potential to a medium-long aging in the bottle.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.  

     

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.1
  • ALCOHOL 12.9%
  • PH 3.47
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.7
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.2
  • Color intensity 0.911
  • Total acidity 5.15
  • Malic Acidity 0.07
  • Volatile Acidity 0.49
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 120
  • Free 41
  • Seasonal Outcome A regular growth starting with sufficient rainfall during spring to create good water reserves in the soil. Overall summer temperatures were lower than the last ones and most importantly, normal patterns of more than significant variations between daytime and night temperatures returned, yielding for a slow and balanced ripening.
TASTING

Intense dark red colour. The bouquet is soft, reminiscent of jam, licorice and cacao with a light note of leather. Round and significant structure, very gentle and large with soft tannins well balanced with the acidity. Superb for medium-long aging. 

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.   

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.1
  • ALCOHOL 12.9%
  • PH 3.56
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 30.6
  • Color intensity 0.722
  • Total acidity 5.33
  • Malic Acidity 0.1
  • Volatile Acidity 0.5
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 139
  • Free 47
  • Seasonal Outcome The seasonal conditions were marked by a severe spring frost and by one of the most severe heat waves in European history that greatly anticipated the start of the annual harvest. Fortunately, the heavy rainfall of the previous winter allowed for abundant water reserves in the soil, thus avoiding the risk of hydric stress for the plants. The spring frost, combined with the hot summer, allowed for a rich and concentrated fruit, even if greatly reduced in quantity. Most importantly, normal patterns of significant variations between daytime and night temperatures returned, adding finesse and complexity to this very good vintage. The exceptionally healthy berries of this vintage allow for an optimal quality harvesting.
TASTING

An intense deep garnet red color. The perfumes are soft, with the characteristic notes of plum and cherry and a hint of leather. The tannins are gentle with a well-balanced structure. Drinkable since now it is good  for a long-medium maturation. 

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled   stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.   

Specifications
  • BRIX 23
  • ALCOHOL 12.8
  • PH 3.64
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 30.7
  • Color intensity 0.8
  • Total acidity 5
  • Malic Acidity 0.04
  • Volatile Acidity 0.55
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 33
  • Seasonal Outcome A warm and dry start to the season yielded to heavy rains in August and September, delaying normal development. Fortunately, the early harvest of the Chardonnay was completed as the rains began to fall, minimizing any negative impact. Generous spacing between rows of vines also played a positive role, allowing for optimal airflow and avoiding risk of mold.
TASTING

A deep garnet red color. The aroma is soft, with notes of plum, tobacco and leather. On the palate the tannins are sweet with a well-balanced structure. Good potential for a long-medium maturation. 

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 10 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks. 

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.8
  • ALCOHOL 13
  • PH 3.58
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 31.1
  • Color intensity 1078
  • Total acidity 5.3
  • Malic Acidity 0.08
  • Volatile Acidity 0.55
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 96
  • Free 30
  • Seasonal Outcome The seasonal conditions were marked by a severe early frost on Easter Eve that reduced the production. Subsequently, sufficient rainfall at the end of June allowed for an optimal balance of water reserves in the soil. The temperature climbed gradually from mid July but without reaching any excessively high peak. Some rainfall in September permitted to Sangiovese to reach a good technological and physiological maturation.
TASTING

A deep ruby red color. The aroma is soft and fruity with notes of tobacco, coffee, licorice, vanilla, small berries and jam. In the palate the tannins are sweet and mature with a long round  finish.  Good potential for a long maturation, with indications that it will yield even more character with time.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.   

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.9
  • ALCOHOL 12,8
  • PH 3.51
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 29.7
  • Color intensity 784
  • Total acidity 5.5
  • Malic Acidity 0,09
  • Volatile Acidity 0.44
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 29
  • Seasonal Outcome The sunniest and hottest summer in local history brought to a good maturation and elevated alcoholic levels. Yet acidity and color remains within the typical Chianti levels. This characteristics combined with low yields herald an exceptional vintage.
TASTING

A full, deep red color.  The aroma is pleasantly characterized by floral notes of violet, cyclamen and plums with hints of coffee and tobacco.  The body has good structure, dense and soft. In the palate the tannins are sweet and mature with a long round  finish.  Good potential for a long maturation, with indications that it will yield even more character with time.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  28-32 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days . Malolactic: Yes.Origin of Barrel: Part of the wine in  Slavonian Oak Casks (Foudres), 60hl & 120hl) .

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.1
  • ALCOHOL 13
  • PH 3.52
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 29.2
  • Color intensity 740
  • Total acidity 5.4
  • Volatile Acidity 0.54
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 29
  • Seasonal Outcome Normal spring conditions; light rains during veraison allowed for good maturation and helped the vines sustain dry and sunny conditions in September.
TASTING

Pleasantly characterized by notes of a lingering youth, both in the color and aromas.  A full, deep and red color.  The aromas still have floral notes of violets and plum flowers, accompanied by the essence of spices and tobacco.  The body has good structure, with a density and balance despite its young age.  Clean and dry finish.  Fresh and young, with indications that it will yield even more character with time.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  28-32 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel: Part of the wine in Slavonian Oak Casks (Foudres), 60hl & 120hl)  

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.5
  • ALCOHOL 12.7
  • PH 3.5
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.3
  • Color intensity 642
  • Total acidity 5.5
  • Volatile Acidity 55
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 94
  • Free 23
  • Seasonal Outcome Normal spring conditions; a slight delay to the start of the growing season was recovered by early summer. Late-season rains provided a challenge and made careful selection necessary, resulting in good quality but limited quantity.
TASTING

Round and subtle with flavors of tar and licorice.  Very traditional and appealing flavors.

  • Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: Ten Months. Temperature:  28-32 degrees centigrade. Length: 7-8 days .Malolactic: Yes.  Origin of Barrel: Part of the wine in Slavonian Oak Casks (Foudres), 60hl & 120hl) 

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.6
  • ALCOHOL 12.7
  • PH 3.44
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 29.4
  • Color intensity 704
  • Total acidity 5.8
  • Volatile Acidity 42
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 97
  • Free 27
  • Seasonal Outcome A good spring in terms of both temperature and rainfall. A cool and rainy August effected early maturing varieties slightly, but ideal conditions toward the end of September gave wonderful results to later maturing varieties.
TASTING

Round and subtle with flavors of tar and licorice.  Very traditional and appealing flavors.

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