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")