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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 121612
Deep, dark ruby, the color first seduces you, the delicate bouquet of vanilla, red fruit and spice reels you in, the soft, round, layered, extracted and persistent palate just lingers and whispers its infinite nuances of flavor and texture.
Here is a wine to make you understand what Chianti Classico's all about, right from the 97% Sangiovese / 3% Canaiolo blend down to the 15 months to 1 years in Slavonian oak - yielding the perfect fine-tuning touch with another 6 months' cellaring, when Croce (which takes its name from an ancient cross in the vineyard) continues to mellow and focus in the bottle.
The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Croce is gorgeous. This is an understated vintage for the Croce, but all of the elements are in the right place. Dark red cherries, flowers, mint, licorice are some of the many nuances that come together in the glass. There is enough freshness and vibrancy for the 2008 to develop nicely for at least several years. Here, too, the French oak is present, but there is enough fruit to provide balance.