Chianti Classico is a subregion of Chianti between Florence to the north and Siena to the south. Wines from Chianti Classico are required to be at least 80% Sangiovese grapes and the remainder must be all red grapes. A Chianti Classico Reserva wine must be aged at least 2 years in oak and 3 months in the bottle. Premium Chianti wines tend to be medium body with firm tannins and medium to high acidity.
The Banfi 2011 Chianti Classico Reserva is certainly a medium body wine with higher acidity. Dominant flavors are tart cherries and spice with a long finish. This wine will pair well with red sauce pasta dishes but you may not enjoy it as well without food. I think this widely available bottle is an excellent example of Tuscan wine.
This wine normally sells for $15 at Costco and Total Wine but recently, I was able to buy it on sale at Costco for $12.
SC Wine Joe rating = 88 points.