The Vigna di Pallino Chianti Riserva takes its name from the grower who, for many years, lovingly looked after this vineyard, which was already present on cadastral maps dating to the beginning of the 1800s. It is located in the Chianti, between Arezzo and Florence, in Central Tuscany. The vines grow at elevations ranging from 200 to 300 metres in calcareous, clay rich loam soils and are planted to a high density of 6,666 vines per hectare, a system that results in extremely high quality fruit. Though made from grapes grown in on the same parcels as the Vigna di Pallino Chianti, only the best quality grapes are used for the Riserva, and it is aged for a longer period in large oak barrels to allow the wine to develop a more nuanced profile.
A bouquet of rich, red fruits melds with hints of spice imparted by the oak ageing in large barrels. This intense ruby coloured wine is smooth and velvety on the palate, yet well structured with a deep flavour. This is a pleasant, balanced wine, which should be served at 18°C, and pairs well with roast meats and medium cheeses.
James Suckling – 91 points