Berry Bros & Rudd, DOCG Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2011
This wine: made by Badia a Coltibuono for BBR, sangiovese dominant plus 10% of canaiolo, colorino and cilliegiolo, 12 months in 20hl oak barrels; Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, BBR £15 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a decidedly toasty and ripe red fruit nose, augmented by liquorice, spice and chocolate, balanced with smooth tannins on a medium body, decent concentration follows into a long length with a slight bitterness on the finish.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toast, ripe red plum and red cherry, liquorice, spice, cinnamon, blackberry, cranberry, violets, dried herbs, a little savoury, a little dark chocolate.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of red cherry, red plum, red currant, spice, low-key blackberry and liquorice, some toast and spice. A long length with a clean ripe red cherry and red plum finish, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: a very good quality wine, acidity providing freshness and with the ripe tannins, balance with flavour intensity, with alcohol well-integrated. Quite toasty on the opening nose, then showing some complexity with red and black berries, liquorice and spice, then some tertiary development with chocolate and dried herbal notes. Decent concentration of red and black berry and oak derivative flavour panning into the long length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a couple of years. All aspects are at the decent level, suggesting little to be gained improvement-wise with further cellaring.