Chianti Classico Riserva's struggle


Read this in conjunction with Walter's earlier article Chianti Classico's unsung bargains – 2014 and 2013 as well as today's Throwback Thursday Gran Selezione – emperor's new clothes? The following wines were also tasted at this year's Chianti Classico new-release tasting. 

The 2013 Riservas that I was greatly looking forward to tasting in general did not live up to this lofty label. Quite a few of them were much too simple or even showed bitter and astringent tannins, arguably the side effect of a cooler year, but the solution would have been not to produce a Riserva. Poor wines like...