WINE OF THE MONTH
November 16, 2016 by PWM
2007 IL CELLESE CHIANTI CLASSICO
RISERVA, BLACK ROOSTER EXPRESS
$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK
Several months back we had offered up a 'Deal' we had made with an out of state importer on a Chianti Classico from an estate that we were completely unaware of. At that time we had just picked up 25 cases of their 2010 Chianti Classico which if you fortunate enough to have grabbed any you know how special the wines produced at this estate are. At that time we knew that the importer also had 30 cases of the 2007 Il Cellese Black Label Riserva but they were not willing to let that go.
Interestingly enough, since the time of that first offering we had the opportunity to speak with the owner of the winery. And while most Chianti producers either have national importers or agents trying to get their wines into the states with Il Cellese that was definitely not the case. We were told that the importer had approached them on several occasions over several years trying to get their wine but they just didn't have enough to export to the states. Why send wine to the U.S. if you could sell it all in your own backyard? But eventually they shipped a small amount to one U.S. importer and then told them that they were not going to be able to supply them with anymore wine until.....like maybe forever!
And not only is this from the exceptional 2007 vintage but the "Black Label" Riserva is from their oldest Sangiovese vines (& 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) and from select barrels that they have deemed extraordinary.
The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Black Label brings together all of the best elements of this site and house style. Firm tannins frame a core of deeply expressive, opulent fruit in this full-throttle, huge Chianti Classico. Threads of sweet perfumed fruit run through the 2007 as it shows off its class and personality. Mint, flowers and ripe black fruits punctuate the explosive finish. This is a dazzling showing from Il Cellese. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2027. - 95 POINTS!