Vinous 90 points - The 2011 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva is a new wine from recently acquired vineyards in San Sano, which lies in the province of Siena, where Sangiovese tends to be dark and powerful in nature. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke and leather take shape as this Riserva opens up in the glass. A dollop of Merlot adds palate weight and plenty of appeal. The Riserva is a bit less forward and fruit-driven than the straight Villa Antinori, but has gorgeous savory and mineral notes.
Wine Advocate 88 points - Summer heat in 2011, resulting from drying winds that caused spots of heat stress across the Italian peninsula, shows its mark in the grand wines of Italy’s flagship estate. I was especially interested to see how Tignanello and Solaia would perform this year. No doubt, these are standout wines, but there’s no denying the ripe tones packed deep within the flesh of these two vino italiano protagonists. They do not reach the grand heights of recent years. (Oct 2014)
Wine Spectator 89 points - Black cherry, cedar, tobacco and incense aromas and flavors are matched to a finely grained structure in this red. The finish is austere, so temper with food. A cocoa accent lingers. Drink now through 2020. 14,000 cases imported. BS
(Oct 31 2014)