This wine was awarded 91 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).
Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 - May 2018 Decanter review
Villa Cerna is an estate that has its roots in the Middle Ages and is today run by the famous Cecchi family of Tuscany. Today their 83 hectares of vineyards dominate the southern entrance of Chianti Classico. The Cecchi family purchased the Villa during the early '60s, and then proceeded with its restoration and the construction of the wine cellar. Their farming knowledge, alongside with on-going experimentation, enabled a rationalisation of the vineyards. While on the one hand the winery selected plant varieties that had been historically present in the vineyards, on the other it undertook cutting-edge clonal research to identify varieties suited to the soil and climate characteristics of the terrain.
The grapes for this wine were vinified on their skins, undergoing a 15 day fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a warm 26°C. After fermentation, the wine was aged for a period of 14 months in barriques and small barrels then a minimum of 10 months in the bottle before release.
Chianti Classico Riserva is produced only in better vintages - the carefully selected Sangiovese fruit from the estate’s finest plots, together with 24 months ageing in barrique and bottle, creating a harmonious blend of delicate floral aromas, refreshing acidity, and integrated tannins. Dark cherry, plum, dried flowers and spices all vie for attention on the nose and palate – a wine to savour with the very best cheeses, roast meats and game.