Viticcio, Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) 2013

($24): Wines from the Chianti Classico region, which, remember is a distinct and more prestigious subzone of the greater Chianti area, continue to thrill.  This one from Viticcio, a blend of Sangiovese (90%) with equal amounts of Merlot and Syrah, is very appealing even now, though its balance suggests more complexity will evolve over the next five or so years.  Often the introduction of the so-called “international” grapes — Merlot and Syrah — into the traditional Chianti Classico blend can overwhelm and dominate.  But in Viticcio’s case, they add a bit of flesh to the Sangiovese and fill it out without intruding or dominating.  It’s an assertive but very suave Chianti Classico that would be a fine choice with hearty pasta or a simple steak.
91 Michael Apstein Jun 13, 2017