Region: Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany
When Jancis Robinson MW visited in 2018 she wrote: “Castell’in Villa is how many of us imagine an archetypal Chianti Classico estate. The owner of the medieval tower, huddle of outbuildings housing an agriturismo and restaurant and its 48 hectares (120 acres) of vines is known throughout Tuscany as La Principessa (she is Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa). ‘Call me Coralia’, she greeted us disarmingly in an elegant tweed suit when we visited there last April, and proceeded to vamp us with courtesy, hospitality and wit”.
2010 vintage at 10 years old by Caroline Rillema – ” Deep garnet colour with a brick edge. Very intense nose, exuding black cherry pie, tobacco and earth. Essency, almost like Kirschwasser, but not spirity at all. The flavour is deeply complex, echoing all the elements on the nose, but lifted by that signature Sangiovese acidity. Subtle tannins and sleek structure with medium body but great depth. One’s soul is transported to Tuscany after one sip” –
Jancis Robinson – “The 48 examples ( of Chianti Classico ) I tasted the other night started at 12.5% alc and only seven were more than 14%. One of these 14.5 percenters was admittedly my favourite of all. Castell’in Villa 2010 Riserva is a marvel of subtlety, composure, integration and freshness. It’s admittedly about £80 a bottle from the only UK stockist found by wine-searcher.com (though much less in the US) – but a Bordeaux of the same quality and maturity would be much more”. See more https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/chianti-classico-on-a-roll. Written in 2020.