For a wine worthy of royalty, trust an estate run by a princess. Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa fell in love with Castell’in Villa on a weekend retreat in 1968 and has been crafting singular Chianti Classico ever since. 100% estate grown Sangiovese, the wine spends two years in large, oval barrels before bottling. Even then, the Princess holds the wine back until it’s ready to drink. This “royally” good wine is a new favorite bottle around here, so get in on the action before it disappears into our private stash!
The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is a big, potent wine that is going to need a number of years to be at its most expressive. Today, I am quite taken by the wine’s sheer heft, which is unusual for an estate where the wines tend to be a bit more restrained than this. Then again, we are in Castelnuovo Berardenga, where the wines can carry quite a bit of volume. Black cherry, game, licorice, menthol, sage and lavender open with a bit of coaxing. This is a super-classic Riserva from one of the most old-school producers in Chianti Classico.