Rich and sumptuous, boasting pure flavors of cherry and raspberry, matched to a juicy texture. There are plenty of tannins neatly folded into the overall structure, with hints of mineral and tea on the long, expansive finish. Best from 2017 through 2024. 15,000 cases made.
92 points, Wine Spectator (Jun 2016)
#40 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Dark berry, underbrush and tobacco aromas lead the nose of this vibrant, structured wine while the palate doles out black cherry, fresh raspberry, licorice and clove. Fresh acidity and supple tannins balance the juicy flavors. Drink through 2018.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2015)
A super refined wine with sliced berry plus hints of cedar and vanilla. Full-bodied, bright and crisp; lovely finish. Drink now.
92 points, James Suckling (Oct 2015)
The 2013 Chianti Classico Berardenga is one of the richest, darkest versions of this wine I can remember tasting. Black cherries, game, smoke, tar, leather and soy are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The 2013 is wild, savory and surprisingly dense, raw and unformed for an entry-level wine. Accordingly, the 2013 is going to require more patience than is the norm, but it also has the potential to overachieve over the near and medium term. All the house signatures are very much alive here.
91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jul 2015)
The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is a little more evolved and aged than anticipated. The wine opens to dark fruit, plum, prune, dried cherry, savory spice and pipe tobacco. The apparent lack of primary fruit is surprising given the cooler climate in 2013. Yet again, the Castelnuovo Berardenga sub zone is always a few degrees warmer than the rest of the appellation.
90 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 228 - Dec 2016)