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Bindi Sergardi I Colli Chianti Classico Riserva 2018  - First Bottle

Reviews

94 James Suckling -
Ripe berries and cedar with some fresh herbs on both the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with chewy tannins that also show some wood tannin. The fruit and the acidity come through on the finish. This needs two or three years to soften and come together. Try after 2023.
94 Raffaele Vecchione -
Lively on the nose showing notes of red prunes and summer plums. Very mature and concentrated with notes strawberries and dates. In the background there's pomegranate juice, late mandarins and pink grapefruit. Medium to full bodied in the tasting, smoothed tannins and a radiant, vertical finale. Drink now or hold.
93 Wine Spectator -
Bordering on opulent, this red features blackberry, black currant, plum, iron and spice aromas and flavors, matched to a velvety texture. Firms up as the resonant tannins emerge, yet remains harmonious and long.
91 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta I Colli offers up more depth and complexity, with layers of kirsch, graphite, and sage. It is full without being heavy on the mid-palate and delivers solid length, ripe and present tannins, and a refreshing acidity without coming off as edgy. With notes of black raspberry, wild herbs, and forest floor, this ripe and opulently styled red is balanced and well-managed. Drink 2024-2034.
91 Falstaff -
Luminous ruby ??red. Delicate cranberries, cherries, some dried rose petals and a hint of figs on the nose. Lots of juice and clear fruit on the palate, spreads nicely over the tongue, fine play, minimal after-drying.
90 Vinous -
A rich, heady wine, the 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva I Colli is packed with black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice, tobacco and menthol. The 2018 is quite powerful and dark. Those qualities prevail over a more typical expression of Sangiovese or indeed the appellation. Even so, the 2018 is well balanced, its stylistic leanings notwithstanding.

Technical Details

  • BlendSangiovese
  • WinemakerStefano di Blasi & Federico Cerelli
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationChianti Classico
  • Alcohol14%

Bindi Sergardi I Colli Chianti Classico Riserva 2018

Sangiovese  |  Italy
JS94, RC94, WS93, JD91, FS91, VN90

46% off retail!

Bindi Sergardi is paramount to royalty in Tuscany – building villages and governing the Republics of central Italy as far back as 1349! That they also make killer wines – including this 94-POINT beauty of a Chianti Classico – seems like a bonus. This is top-notch juice that MUST be tasted!

Back in the mid-1300s, the Bindi Sergardi family led an army that defeated the Aretines and, as such, were installed as governors of the Republic. As they have for 600+ years, they continue to farm grapes, olives, and animals on their landholdings. Their Tenuta I Colli estate has been in the family for 23 generations – as it was the family that built the village surrounding the estate back in the 1400s. Situated on the border of three of Siena's most important denominations, this estate makes wines for Chianti, Chianti Chianti Colli Senesi (in the Monteriggioni area), and here, with this Chianti Classico from the Vagliagli area.

This powerful expression of Siena is 100% sangiovese, grown on hillside plots that rest a solid 350 meters above sea level. This high-elevation site, which nevertheless rests only about 20 miles from the sea, makes for a place of perfect extremes – warm days that warm the limestone soils in the vineyard, tempered by cool nights where the ocean breeze climbs the undulating slopes throughout the estate. The resulting wine is complex, dark, and layered – showcasing an almost brooding side of Chianti Classico that yet remains harmoniously balanced, with acidity and minerality harnessing the powerfully rich fruits and heady spice notes. Tasted blind, it’d be easy to mistake this for a top-flight Brunello di Montalcino – and with this Riserva seeing additional time in both barrel and bottle prior to release – the demarcation blurs even further.

Anyway you slice it, this is a noble and beautifully structured Chianti Classico – and one that boasts plenty of years of development ahead of it. We love the deep black cherry and plum notes, with an almost Bordeaux-esque graphite note, and plenty of roasted sage, pipe tobacco, and woodsy spice. The intensity is uplifted and integrated with a burst of blood orange, and crisp, clean acidity that cleanses the palate in advance of the next sumptuous sip. This is as powerful a Chianti as you’ll find anywhere, and when you consider the pedigree – this is an absolute steal compared to the Brunellos of a similar stature. At our tempting price of over 45% OF...this is a good one to go big on… and drink with delight over the next 7-10 years.

PAIRING IDEAS: Alright...no angry letters from my Italians out there...but this wine would be PERFECT with Birria Tacos. Yes, tacos. Beef, slowly braised in a richly spiced (but not spicy) broth to fall-apart tender, then fashioned into a taco – in a corn tortilla dipped in the jus and fried, with melty cheese, too. And then, then, dipped in that same jus for each succulent bite? C’mon, you know you want it.

About the Producer

Bindi Sergardi's lands spread over 1000 hectares in the province of Siena. The 100 hectares of vineyards are planted in the important DOCG of Chianti Classico, Chianti Colli Senesi and Chianti. The Mocenni Estate is near Valgliagli, just north of SIena. The vineyards of Mocenni lie on an amphitheatre-shaped land facing south and enjoying full light and warmth.