I remember seeing this wine reviewed by Wine Spectator late in 2010. It was rated “93” and was the highest scoring Chianti Classico out of 178 Chianti Classicos and Riservas rated for that article. So, when I saw it locally for $22, I bought a few.
Alessandro Landini of Fattoria Viticcio was quoted as saying, “For me, after a number of exceptional years, 2007 is the best. It was a year that gave everything. It was the best harvest in 10 years.”
I wish my tasting of this wine could confirm the above, but I can’t. Toted along to a local BYO trattoria and served alongside Osso Bucco on top of risotto Milanese, I expected a home run. The wine is very dark in the glass, deep garnet red and very close to black. The nose is wonderful – it really jumped at me with dried cherry, flowers, and spice. In the mouth however, something is amiss. The dried cherry fruit is there, but it seems understated and the balance is off, because the acidity is too harsh. The tannins are present but not burdensome. Maybe this was an off bottle, maybe it’s in an awkward stage. Fattoria Viticcio is located on the hills just outside Siena, in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone, so the pedigree is there.
I’m going to let my remaining bottles cellar for 3-5 years and see what happens. My significant other said, “it’s very good for a $12 bottle of wine”. The problem with that is, I paid about $22 for it. For now, judgement reserved, with an approximate score of 87-91.
|2007 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva|
March 5, 2012