I have been a fan of Brancaia Tre for several years. The very well-made and well-priced Super Tuscan has been a regular on my dinner table, and it was definitely time to try another of Brancaia’s offerings, the Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG.
Chianti Classico has to be a minimum of 75% Sangiovese, with up to 20% of international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Syrah. In the case of this wine, the blend is 80% Sangiovese balanced out with 20% Merlot, which offers some softness and fruit. The nose was dominated by black cherry, steeped tea, kirsch, and a hint of floral. Black cherry was the primary flavor, along with raspberry and spice. The wine finished off with bittersweet dark chocolate at the end of the palate. Despite having spent 16 months in barrel (half of the barrels were new, half older), this is not an oaky wine. The tactile and flavor elements were perfectly balanced, with the tannins and acidity well-integrated. I found this wine to be utterly elegant and definitely delicious. In short, this wine is excellent, a distinction that I don’t frequently give.
At Kappy’s in Fitchburg for $32.99.