Vinous 93 points - Dark red cherries, plums, grilled herbs, tobacco, smoke and anise meld together in the 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva. Silky layers provide the backdrop for a core of rich, explosive fruit. Even with all of its richness, the 2011 needs more time in bottle to fully blossom. Today, the 2011 Riserva is uncharacteristically closed for the year, but that is a great sign for the future.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Notes of cherry and strawberry show restraint in this elegant, taut red, with savory, mineral accents emerging as this develops. The finish finds an equilibrium and all the elements are there, but this will need time to develop. Best from 2017 through 2027. 4,900 cases made.
(Feb 28 2015)
Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva is a wine of enormous depth and personality. It shows an immediate rush of berry aromas with grilled herb and tilled earth. It does a great job of presenting the varietal characteristics of Sangiovese in a pure and unadulterated manner. You can feel a touch of fruit ripeness that is common in most of the wines of 2011, but the mouthfeel is polished and direct. (Oct 2014)