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Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2019

Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva




/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production40,000 bottles

The wine

Profound and elegant, Brancaia's Chianti Classico Riserva is one of the most renowned and loved in the region. Of a beautiful clear shiny ruby red colour, the bouquet expresses scents of jammy blackberry and blueberry, red flowers, rose hip, and then cocoa, china and tobacco with liquorice balsamic and a fantastic undercurrent of dark spices.

On the palate it is striking for its dynamism and minerality, its complex and multifaceted flavour, for its freshness that goes hand in hand with a gentle but obvious tannin, which is soft but still pulsing. The finish is fruity, and seemingly bitterish, with retronasal notes of Mediterranean maquis, thus confirming its easy-to-drink and inviting nature.

What does this wine taste like?

Ruby red / Clean / Luminous
Rosa canina / Blackberries / Blueberries / Confettura di frutti di bosco / Cocoa / Indian ink / Tobacco / Liquirizia / Spezie scure
Structured / Dinamico / Sapido / Fresh / Tannino elegante / Morbido

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Sausages and ham
Stews and casseroles
Red meat
Cured cheeses

Barbecues / Arrosto di vitello / Arrosto di manzo al ginepro / Pasta with bolognese sauce / Piatti speziati

Ratings and awards

201993 DC
201894 SK
201793+ PK16+ JR94 SK93 VN
201694 PK16 JR92 SK93 VN91 WS
201592 PK17+ JR91 VN92 WS
201393 PK16 JR3 GR92 WS
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonSK: SucklingGR: Gambero rossoVN: VinousWS: Wine spectatorDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Suckling, Parker, Jancis Robinson, and Parker

This is absolutely delicious with cherry, berry and light milk chocolate. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins. Juicy and succulent. Racy and deep. Bright acidity. Give this time to open. Better after 2023.

— James Suckling (09/07/2021) Vintage 2018 - 94 SUCKLING

The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful wine that does an excellent job of stringing together the many varied components of what makes a great Chianti Classico and puts them all together in a single bottle. The wine is balanced and intense with a long bouquet that starts off with black primary fruit and then trails off into a continuum of spice, leather, tar and tilled earth. There are many levels to consider here. The mouthfeel is equal parts structured, fresh and succulent, and these three factors fit together with precision. This is a terrific wine and one that I will readily drink with a grilled veal steak with my favorite roasted potatoes. The blend is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot. Production is 50,000 bottles strong.

— Monica Larner (19/09/2019)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 94 PARKER

Mid purplish crimson. Rather sweet and floral on the nose. More generous – and therefore less typical – than most. Quite tart grip on the finish. This still seems unknit. An ambitious wine.

— Jancis Robinson (21/06/2021) Vintage 2017 - 16+ JANCIS ROBINSON

The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva is a lovely expression that deserves attention. I am impressed by the pristine and mellow nature of the bouquet that is enhanced with bright tones of red cherry, wild berry, spice and lightly toasted almond. Sangiovese is blended with 20% Merlot and aged in oak for 15 months. There are sweet oak flavors, although that spice is well integrated within the fleshy and rich nature of the fruit. The wine is tight and linear on the close, and could use another year or so to flesh out further.

— Monica Larner (30/10/2015)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2012 - 90 PARKER

Customer reviews

18 reviews


Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period16 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodOak


SoilClay / Calcareous-clay
YieldsModerate yields
Altitude400.00 meters

The winery



Young oenologist Barbara Widmer has taken over the reins of a winery from her father Bruno. The winery, bought by the family in 1981 when it was still an abandoned farmhouse, is today among the most consistent and reliable in Chianti, with a clear international inclination, but never at the expense of territoriality and traditional appellations. With highly sustainable viticulture, Barbara's vigour and dynamism equals her love for the territory. Active on particularly...