Villa Cerna, Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) 2018

($25, Volio Imports): What a difference a few hills and a little elevation makes.  Year in and year out, Cecchi’s Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Reserva is one of my favorites.  The 2018 is no exception.  A blend of Sangiovese (95%) and Colorino, there are no international influences of Cabernet, Merlot, or oak-aging.  It displays the refinement and elegance of Sangiovese — deep cherry-like notes — sprinkled with herbal nuances.  A wine to savor, nuances appear with each sip.  A subtle hint of bitterness in the persistent finish confirms it grandeur.  A bargain to boot!
95 Michael Apstein Sep 6, 2022