Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

 

2013 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo

93 Points James Suckling

Very pretty depth of fruit with walnut, plum and tea aromas and flavors. Medium body, integrated tannins and a ultra-fine finish. Very classy riserva. Drink now.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This wine is rewarding and satisfying to drink. The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo opens to a dark garnet color and shows a deep ruby color saturation. The bouquet offers depth and intensity with dark fruit, plum and sweet cherry. You also get exotic spice, cumin and grilled rosemary. The effect is penetrating and long-lasting. This is a richly layered Sangiovese that wraps lavishly over the palate. I’m sure the wine’s evolutionary track will reward those with the patience to wait. But if you can’t wait, the intensity of the primary fruit makes it a pleasure to drink in the near term as well.

90 Points Vinous

The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is loaded with character. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, licorice, herbs and game lend aromatic intrigue and tons of nuance. Overall, this is a fairly understated vintage for the Riserva, but all the elements come together nicely. The 2013 will drink well for another decade-plus.

2012 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

Suggested Retail Price $38.00

92 Points James Suckling

Aromas and flavors of plums, berries and orange peel. Full body, soft tannins and a fresh finish. Some balsamico too. Delicious red.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a beautiful and complete expression of 100% Sangiovese with great textural richness and a big sense of power at the back. The wine starts off in a slow and rather understated manner, but it finds its momentum quickly and becomes very generous along the way.

92 Points Vinous

The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a powerful, earthy wine that shows the Castello di Bossi style at its best. Bold and deep to the core, the 2012 offers up a compelling mélange of dark red cherry, plum, tobacco, smoke and earthiness. The 2012 is a big boy, so I would give it another year or so in the cellar.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of chopped mint, underbrush, spiced berry, toast and a whiff of iris take shape on this savory, approachable wine. Made entirely with Sangiovese, the ripe round palate offers dried cherry, raspberry, truffle and licorice framed in supple tannins. It finishes on a savory, almost salty note.

91 Points Wine Spectator

Dense, evoking cherry, plum, leather, tobacco and earth flavors, backed by a line of firm tannins. Balanced in a lean, wiry manner, showing fine potential.

2011 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2011 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a silky and buoyant expression of Sangiovese that does a great job of framing this warm vintage and the beautiful Tuscan territory. Dark berry aromas are followed by spice, leather, cola and distant chocolate. The effect is harmonious and unifying thanks to the firm structure that the wine shows at the back. It feels firmly knitted together into one velvety embroidery.

91 Points Vinous

The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo offers lovely depth and persistence in a round, succulent style that gives the wine considerable near and medium-term appeal. Cedar, smoke, tobacco, licorice and black cherries form an attractive fabric. Although quite expressive today, the 2011 has more than enough depth and pedigree to drink well for at least another decade and perhaps longer.

90 Points James Suckling

A round, silky Chianti Classico with blueberry and cherry character, a medium to full body, fine tannins and a savory finish.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

“Round and ripe, this opens with aromas that recall baked plum, vanilla, anise and a whiff of leather. The approachable, juicy palate doles out mature black cherry, blackberry, mocha, dried sage, baking spice and licorice. Polished, fine-grained tannins provide support.

90 Points Wine Spectator

Rich and round, with black cherry flavors and a hint of black currant shaded by spice and tar accents. The dense tannins are well integrated and the fruit and spice notes play out on the finish.

2010 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Compelling and elegant, the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a tremendous effort that boasts a plump and ripe quality of fruit backed by silky tannins, good structure and fresh acidity. This Chianti Classico Riserva shows the natural heft and power to pair with succulent cuts of beef or braised pork. The 2010 vintage is especially nuanced and finessed.

92 Points Vinous

The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is fabulous. Deceptively medium in body, the 2010 races across the palate with an exciting, intense personality and tons of pure class. Sage, rosemary, licorice, tobacco and menthol add complexity in a powerful wine with distinct elements of Mediterranean radiance. The 2010 is dark, powerful and at times a bit gamy. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy full-bodied, structured Chianti Classicos. There is no shortage of personality.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of mature blackberry, vanilla and white chocolate lead the nose of this wine. The palate offers dense black cherry, oak, chocolate and white pepper wrapped up in tight-knit tannins.

2009 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Castello di Bossi’s 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo lives up to the celebrated reputation of this historic wine. That extra intensity and structure really comes through, giving it a firm anchor in the mouth. A sweet note of black cherry adds the proverbial high note before the wine slowly tapers out in the mouth.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast EDITOR’S CHOICE

This is an exceptional Chianti Classico that sees two years in oak to bring out those soft nuances of spice and tobacco. But that bright Sangiovese fruit is never far, and it chimes in with crisp freshness on the finish as well as tangy notes of wild berry and cherry.

92 Points Vinous

The 2009 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo explodes from the glass with dark cherries, plums, smoke, incense and new leather. A rich, exuberant wine, the 2009 Berardo is loaded with personality. The new oak is barely noticeable in this broad shouldered, classy, utterly impeccable Riserva.

2008 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is super-impressive. Black cherries, blackberries, smoke and licorice burst from the glass in this extroverted, powerful Riserva. I can’t say there is a lot of Sangiovese typicity here, but the wine nevertheless impresses for its balance and overall sense of harmony. Layers of dark fruit build to the huge, explosive finish. The 2008 is going to require time, but is a gem. The Berardo is 100% Sangiovese aged in new French oak barrels.

2007 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Berardo Riserva is an amazing achievement with elegant beauty and perfumed aromas of blue flowers, forest fruit and spice. Great structure and a naturally smooth consistency help support the tight tannins.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is rather subdued at the outset, then explodes on the mid-palate and finish with masses of super-ripe dark fruit, licorice, leather and spices. Despite its jammy, concentrated fruit the Berardo possesses gorgeous balance and a generous, enveloping finish that rounds out its flashy personality.

89 Points Wine Spectator

Fresh and lively, with prune, spice and cigar box aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, featuring fine tannins and a crisp finish.

2006 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

93 Points Wine Spectator

Highly Recommended – This full-bodied version shows beautiful dark chocolate and ripe black cherry aromas, with firm tannins and sweet, ripe fruit. Long and very beautiful. Structured.

90 Points International Wine Cellar

Similar on the nose to the entry-level Chianti but deeper, with a stronger vanillin oak note and a whiff of dried herbs complementing the red cherry and plum aromas. Plush and silky but also well focused, with ripe flavors of red cherry, plum and sweet licorice. Finishes with smooth-as-silk tannins, an attractive glyceral texture, and an impression of residual sweetness.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo (Sangiovese) is a vibrant, perfumed offering layered with dark cherries, violets and sweet spices…. [T]his is a very fine bottle for the money.

2005 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

2004 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Sophisticated and intense, this is an extraordinary wine that performs beautifully both in terms of nose and mouth. The aromas are broad and all-encompassing, including blackberry, red currant, vanilla and pretty shadings of exotic spice….

88 Points Wine Spectator

Silky-textured and tasty. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a berry, chocolate and coffee character. Hard not to drink now, but wait a bit. Best from 2008 through 2010.

2003 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo, a dark ruby, offers plenty of super-ripe, jammy dark fruit along with a richly expansive personality on the palate that is beautifully supported by a persistent vein of minerality. It shows terrific energy, balance and freshness. It should drink at its finest over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2015.

87 Points  International Wine Cellar

Medium red-ruby. Black cherry, brown spices, dark chocolate and toasty oak on the nose. Similarly pleasant flavors, if a bit hollow in the mid-palate. A well-made wine that finishes a bit short and tart, and with a touch of dryness.

87 Points Wine Spectator

Aromas of flowers, berry and licorice follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with a firm tannin structure and a medium finish.

2002 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

2001 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The three wines from the 2001 vintage are a strong lineup indeed, starting with the 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo, deep in color with the assistance of the 15% of Merlot in the blend, spicy and rich in aroma with notes of raspberries, tobacco and incense, ample, sustained, and with excellent fruit and freshness from the attack to the lengthy aftertaste.

90 Points Wine Spectator

Enticing nose, with ripe, meaty fruit – berries and currants – together with a hint of eucalyptus. Medium-bodied, with chewy tannins and along, fruit and vanilla finish.

2000 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo Reviews

90 Points Wine Advocate

Richly fruity and spicy on the nose, fuller and deeper on the palate, rounder and more polished in its tannins, and very persistent on the finish.