2020 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva

Sangiovese - 750ML
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JS 94 WA 93 DC 92 JD 92 VN 92 WS 90
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, July 2023

Attractive aromas of ripe cherries, dried strawberries, dried orange peel, spices and crushed stones, following through to a medium to full body with compact tannins that are firm and finely grained. Smooth and textured...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2023

In the bottle with the black label, the organic 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva offers ripe fruit with measured intensity that never feels heavy or overdone. Achieving this level of balance is not easy in a hot growing...
DC 92

Decanter, February 2023

After a warm summer with moderate water stress, Volpaia started picking approximately a week early than recent norms, with harvest lasting from mid-September to 6 October. A blend of selected bunches from estate vineyards...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, January 2024

A rich ruby color, the 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva is a selection from the best vineyards, aged for two years. The nose opens to ripe and polished aromas of toasted cedar, cherry lozenge, menthol, and spiced orange...
VN 92

Vinous, August 2023

The 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva is terrific. Macerated dark cherry, spice, leather, tobacco, dried flowers and underbrush are some of the many notes that grace this super-expressive Riserva. The 2020 is a touch somber...
WS 90

Wine Spectator, October 2023

A juicy yet firmly structured red highlighted by bright cherry and blackberry fruit. Reveals dense tannins that inform the finish, where accents of earth and mineral linger. Balanced in a youthful, exuberant way. Best...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Chianti
Appellation Classico
Sub-appellation Radda
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva is a well-regarded Sangiovese from the Radda sub-appellation in Tuscany's Chianti Classico region. This wine, produced by Castello di Volpaia, has garnered positive reviews from several professional wine critics.

Decanter awarded it a score of 92 and described it as "modern and sleek with a sweetness and softness to the fruit countered by a grip of polished tannins." They noted the presence of dark ripe cherry, thyme, and crushed rocks, with a hint of chocolate in the background. The wine is described as riper and fuller compared to its 2019 counterpart but still retains its characteristic lift.

Vinous also rated this wine 92 points, with Antonio Galloni highlighting its complex notes of "macerated dark cherry, spice, leather, tobacco, dried flowers, and underbrush." Galloni mentioned that the 2020 vintage has a touch of somberness, which adds to its allure.

James Suckling gave the highest score of 94, praising its "attractive aromas of ripe cherries, dried strawberries, dried orange peel, spices, and crushed stones." He commended its compact yet finely grained tannins and described it as smooth and textured with vivid fruit underneath and a lingering finish. It is also noted that this wine is made from organically grown grapes.

Wine Spectator rated it 90 points and highlighted its "juicy yet firmly structured" nature with bright cherry and blackberry fruit, dense tannins, and lingering earthy and mineral accents. They suggest the wine is balanced in a youthful, exuberant way.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 93 points, emphasizing its "ripe fruit with measured intensity" and "linear and direct personality." The review praises the wine's balance, especially given the hot growing season.

Lastly, Jeb Dunnuck rated it 92 points, describing it as having a "rich ruby color" with aromas of toasted cedar, cherry lozenge, menthol, and spiced orange peel. The reviewer noted its medium body, ripe tannins, mineral texture, and long, clean finish.

Overall, the 2020 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva is a well-balanced, complex wine with a range of appealing flavors and aromas, making it a noteworthy choice for both immediate enjoyment and future aging.