Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Brolio 2017
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|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico|
The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Brolio is rich, expansive and super-expressive. Black cherry, spice, leather, espresso and a kick of Merlot richness all build in the glass. Creamy, open-knit and inviting, the 2017 is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. It's one of the better recent editions I can recall.
There is an inherent sweetness to this red, thanks to the ripe plum and black cherry fruit, with leather, tobacco and licorice notes playing supporting roles. This is solidly built, lingering nicely on the finish, where a saline element emerges. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2033. 2,250 cases made.
A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has aromas of French oak, scorched earth, blue flowers and camphor. It's austere and lean in terms of fruit richness, offering roasted coffee bean, toasted nuts and suggestions of orange rind and prune. Assertive, rather astringent tannins leave a firm, mouthdrying close.