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

($32, Volio Imports):  I reviewed this wine last year and jumped at the chance to revisit it since it is still available at the retail level.  Spoiler alert — I like it just as much.  As a reminder, the Cecchi family has two distinct estates in Chianti Classico, Villa Cerna and Villa Rosa, both in Castellina in Chianti.  Villa Cerna is their home.  Year in and year out, Cecchi’s traditionally framed Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Reserva is one of my favorites.  There are no international influences of Cabernet, Merlot, or barrique-aging, just a masterful blend of Sangiovese (95%) and Colorino.  The savory side of this mid-weight wine predominates, though there’s plenty of balancing dark cherry notes from Sangiovese.  More structured than the Primocolle, it is a fine choice today for a robust pasta or grilled meat.
95 Michael Apstein Feb 20, 2024