2016 Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva

Tuscany, Italy

Spicy, dark fruited and dense Chianti Riserva Lovely solid tannins crying out for stew or steak. Just starting to hit its straps.



About The Wine

Something so pleasing and satisfying about good solid Chianti that is just approaching its prime drinking time. And so it is with this Brancaia beauty.

80% Sangiovese with Merlot making up the balance. 16 months in oak.

Typical Chianti nose of dark cherry, spice and tar with some earth and leather flavours evolving through the palate. It's dense and plump and a touch meaty, and it is a belter wine with a luxury bbq.

About Brancaia

Brigitte & Bruno Widmer took over a neglected estate in 1981 and established Brancaia, which is still family-run today.

The Hill of Brancaia is their home base in the Castellina region of Chianti, and they also have holdings in the Radda and Maremma. Daughter Barbara now runs the show.

As well as outstanding Chianti, they produce Rose, Grappa, olive oil and a phenomenal super tuscan Il Blu.

Barbara Widmar
Barbara Widmar
Tuscany, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Our Riserva is made from our best Sangiovese grapes. This medium to full-bodied wine shows the elegance and charm of this classic Tuscan grape variety and reveals a finesse that certainly does justice to this historical denomination. Aromas such as cherry, spices, leather and chocolate harmonize perfectly with each other. The Sangiovese matures in tonneaux for 16 months, while the Merlot is matured in barriques. The cuvée matures in the bottle for at least another year after bottling.

Blend : Sangiovese (80%), Merlot (20%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

In the Brancaia cellar
In the Brancaia cellar
Tuscany, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Wine Advocate

"The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful wine that does an excellent job of stringing together the many varied components of what makes a great Chianti Classico and puts them all together in a single bottle. The wine is balanced and intense with a long bouquet that starts off with black primary fruit and then trails off into a continuum of spice, leather, tar and tilled earth. There are many levels to consider here. The mouthfeel is equal parts structured, fresh and succulent, and these three factors fit together with precision. This is a terrific wine and one that I will readily drink with a grilled veal steak with my favorite roasted potatoes. The blend is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot." - Monica Larner (The Wine Advocate)


"This is a very spicy Chianti Classico Riserva that shows toasty oak, dark chocolate, coffee beans and a backdrop of plum paste and Christmas pudding. Full-bodied and decadent on the palate with ripe and round tannins and a structured finish. Drink from 2023" - James Suckling (


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