2014 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva SKU #1353836


VN 93 WE 93 JS 91
WS 91
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  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    A wonderful achievement. Great wine makers skills truly come out in tough vintages. It's no secret that 2014 wasn't as strong as it could have been in Tuscany, but Volpaia has made one of the most accessible and easy drinking Chianti's I've had from any vintage and it sits atop the list for 2014 in particular. It is the perfect Chianti to drink now while waiting on the more classically reserved vintages to age and show their true potential. This wine is supple and soft, but not lacking for a backbone. It will pair with a wide range of hearty meals and is a no brainer if you're looking for that bottle to bring that everyone at the table will enjoy.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose says high altitude Chianti Classico, a focused combo of cherry fruit, Tuscan herbs and a bit of earth. On the palate however the wine takes a different turn, the edges are smoothed out and the fruit becomes plumier while hints of chocolate smooth out the palate presence. The finish is fresh, balanced and begs for a bit of food, yet this wine is easy to drink on its own.
    Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva is simply beautiful. The opulent, forward fruit that is typical of the year is present, but a firm sense of structure keeps things from going over the top. If that sounds appealing you’ll love this wine. Dark red fruit, flowers, minerals and spices come together beautifully in this Riserva. Buy a few for the Fathers day gathering and a bottle or two for Pops as well.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Produced from some of the highest elevation vineyards in the Chianti Classico zone, Castello di Volpaia is solid in 2014, with a profile that is authentically of the region, while bringing a softened, savory roundness which should appeal to folks who are new to Chianti. Aromas are spicy/sweet and savory, with gently warmed dark cherries in the lead, which carry over to the palate, picking up some plum flavors as well. Less acid, a little less earthy and astringent than many other Chianti Classico wines, this Riserva bottling is a nice taste of Toscana from a venerable Chianti producer.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a Chianti that is drinkable for everyone. It is balanced and expressive, with good purity of fruit. It shows a supple and rounded quality, but good structure keeps it fresh and lively, thanks to its high elevation origins. This will make a fantastic food wine as it hits that prefect balance between bright red fruit and dusky tannin base. This winemaker really knows what he is doing.


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