96-point “Beauty” Riserva from Chianti

Perched on a charming Tuscan hillside, the Fattoria Poggerino is certainly one of the most attractive domaines in our portfolio. (If you’re ever in the area, we highly recommend a visit.) As it turns out, the wine is just as beautiful as the source.

Poggerino’s careful organic viticulture results in wines of unusual purity. Their finest wine is their Chianti Classico Riserva from the “Bugialla” vineyard. Like Poggerino’s other wines, it is pure, unblended Sangiovese. But the Riserva comes from their oldest vines — nearly 45 years old now — and they raise it carefully in oak before bottling.

Poggerino holds it a full year in the bottle before releasing it to the public. Their 2015 was met with universal acclaim, and we’re excited to release it today.

Given time in the bottle, Poggerino’s Riserva becomes a remarkably elegant wine — as complex and subtle as many Burgundies we know. The density from the old vines and time in oak gives this an almost aggressive intensity in its youth. But given a year or two it quickly becomes delightful in a decanter.

The Riserva’s nose is dark in complexion and tenor, but also contains silky high notes of roses and minerals. We found lovely blackberry jam, cherries, and graphite in the nose, but it’s in the the mouth that this wine really comes alive. Look for a dynamic mouthfeel, with juicy “crunchy” notes of currants, licorice, iron, and blueberries.

Jancis Robinson called it “particularly polished,” and wrote “there is beauty here.” The Wine Spectator labeled it “highly recommended,” awarding a whopping 96 points and suggesting it should age well into the 2030s. We don’t plan to keep ours quite that long — our favorite window is usually 3-8 years in — but if you do, we hope you’ll invite us over.


Poggerino Chianti Classico “Riserva” 2015
bottle price: $45

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