Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico Riserva, 2013. Sounds interesting but what makes it “Classico” and why is it a “Riserva”?
The answers are pretty straightforward: “Classico” means that the grapes and wine making standards follow the exacting standards of original Chianti region (the region was later expanded to include out-lying areas, but Classico refers to the heart of the original DOCG, or region defined by tradition and law. “Riserva” means the Chianti has spent at least two years in oak and three months in the bottle before release.
Chianti Classico Riserva is also required to contain slightly more of the Sangeovese grape–which is the base of Chianti. And it must be at least 12.5%ABV, translating into longer potential cellaring time.
All that said, you may not want to wait on this bella 2013 Lamole. It’s rich, spicy, elegant, and ready to drink. Salute! 30.00