Cecchi, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG (Tuscany, Italy) “Riserva di Famiglia” 2015

($32, Terlato Wines International):  Cecchi’s Chianti Classico Riserva, unsurprisingly, is bigger and more powerful than their 2019 regular (annata) bottling.  Weighing in at 14 percent stated alcohol, it has more power, yet retains elegance.  The wood is still showing at this stage, but from my experience with their wines, it will become better integrated after another year or so in the bottle.  The balance of dark cherries and savory bitterness is still enthralling.  The energy provided by its acidity is amazing, especially considering the warmth of the vintage.  My advice is to drink their 2019 Chianti Classico now and over the next year or two, while this one rests in the cellar.
92 Michael Apstein Apr 12, 2022