Wine Spectator 90 points - Rich and contemporary in style, the red bursts with cherry, plum and oak spice flavors. Well-integrated, showing plenty of fruit and a long, tobacco- and spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018. 900 cases imported.-BS
(Nov 15 2013)
Vinous 88 points - The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva is quite pretty. Violet, spice, chocolate and licorice notes lead to a core of Merlot-inflected dark fruit. This is a decidedly dark, plush, Chianti Classico Riserva. Readers should not expect a lot of varietal Sangiovese character, but the wine is attractive if taken on its terms.
Wine Advocate 91 points - The delicious 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva shows modern wood shavings and barbecue or campfire aromas. The quality of the fruit is plump, rich and supple. Plenty of crisp cherry fruit brightens up the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (Aug 2013)
In the glass the wine displays a deep cherry color core that is almost opaque and bordered by a narrow dark pink rim. On the nose the aromas are pronounced cedar wood/cigar box with some hints of earthy mushroom and sweet leather in the background. On the palate the wine is dry, medium-bodied, mouth-watering acidity along with a medium level of firm tannins. Rhwe flavors lean towards black cherry that is not overly ripe but with a pleasurable hint of sweetness. There also are hints of black licorice, cedar and a very subtle bitter-sweet/bakerís chocolate note. The finish is clean with a medium length of lingering flavors similar to the palate.
Reviewed by Kenn Pogash ("the guy wearing the bow tie")
|It was in 1981, when the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer fell in love with the at the time abandoned Brancaia estate (Castellina in Chianti) and purchased it. Only two years later, Brancaia made the first rank in an important Chianti Classico tasting and then rapidly gained international recognition.
This lead to a continuous extension of the activities resulting in purchasing the Poppi estate (Radda in Chianti) in 1989, followed in 1998 by the founding of Brancaia in Maremma, only 10km from the Mediterranean coastline.
Since 1998 Barbara Widmer, oenologist and daughter of the founders, has been responsible for the winemaking as well as for the vineyards on all three estates - she thereby relies on the consultancy of the famous oenologist Carlo Ferrini.
Since 2002 Martin Kronenberg has directed the estates together with Barbara while being responsible for the management and the worldwide distribution.
Today BRANCAIA is one of Tuscanyís leading wineries, receiving important national and international awards every year. The wines are successfully sold worldwide.