The 2013 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition review of the top tiers of Chianti Classico (see blue link below).
Cecchi Riserva di Famiglia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 - May 2018 Decanter review
It was Cecchi who started a journey that led to what now can be defined as a perfect blend between innovation and tradition. It is in the ability to predict the future that one of the secrets of Cecchi Family success lays; a sort of gift handed down from father to son. Every step forward taken by the winery throughout its history has been preceded by careful and thorough experimentation, and it is the respect for tradition that has always led the family in making its daily decisions.
The production of this Riserva wine derives from a deep knowledge of the area of Chianti Classico and represents a special selection produced only in the best years. The vines are situated at an average altitude of 250 metres above sea level and the main grape variety used is Sangiovese, which represents over 90% of the blend together with Cabernet Sauvignon.
The prolonged maceration during the alcoholic fermentation, the careful pressing and the malolactic fermentation favour a rapid stabilisation of the wine before its ageing, which is carried out partially in oak casks and partly in small oak barriques. The period of ageing is a minimum of two years, followed by further ageing in bottle.
Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia is certainly the most representative wine of Cecchi. Produced only in years in which the grapes reach the quality desired it comes from the area of Castellina in Chianti. The colour of excellent limpidity is of an intense ruby red. The aroma reveals broad and ethereal notes of ripe fruit and spices. The structure is elegant.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.