Wine Spectator 91 points! Wine Advocate 92 points!
Casa Emma Chianti Classico Riserva Vignalparco is a red Tuscan gem discovered purely by chance. While vacationing in Tuscany with my family (including my daughter Emma, then 7 years old) in the summer of 2005, we happened upon Casa Emma. With no expectations going in, we enjoyed a delightful visit at the winery, tasted several excellent wines, and discovered this is a winery that has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri award from the Italian wine publication Gambero Rosso! It is with pleasure that we offer the Casa Emma Chianti Classico Riserva Vignalparco from the excellent 2016 vintage. It is officially designated a Riserva this vintage because the Chianti Classico consortium deemed it too good a wine not to labeled Riserva!
Casa Emma lies in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region in the splendid scenery of the hills of San Donato in Poggio, at an altitude of 420m above sea level. The estate includes 21 hectares of vineyard, planted primarily to Sangiovese and Merlot. The Bucalossi family bought the winery at the beginning of the 1970's from the Florentine noblewoman Emma Bizzarri, whose name remains attached to the property. Vignalparco is a single-vineyard bottling from the Botanical Park of Chianti. Consulting oenologist is Carlo Ferrini.
"A solid backbone of tannins provides the backdrop for this lightly chewy red. Cherry, iron, tobacco and earth flavors are knotted together with the firm structure. A dusty feel lingers. Best from 2022 through 2036. 1,000 cases made, 600 cases imported."- BS, Wine Spectator, 91 points!
"The fruit comes from a two-hectare site called Vignalparco that is unique because ducks run free between the vines, doing an excellent job of fertilizing and hopefully eating any pests. (Yes, ducks can eat grapes, but rarely off of the vines.) The resulting 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Vignalparco (with 11,000 bottles made) is a compact and solid wine with a very pretty bouquet composed of black fruit elements, spice and wild rose. There is smoke, tar and road paving at the end. There is a bright point of acidity on the close, making it a terrific candidate for (dare I suggest it?) a classic Tuscan pappardelle all'anatra, or pappardelle with fatty duck. Sorry."-Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 92 points!
Enjoy Casa Emma Chianti Classico Vignalparco with osso buco, lasagna, ratatouille, and cheeses.