The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva (100% Sangiovese) from Antinori’s Badia a Passignano estate, possesses gorgeous delineation and energy from start to finish. Sweet red cherries, flowers, licorice, tobacco and mint take shape beautifully in the glass. Deceptively medium in body, the 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva possesses marvelous depth for the year and terrific balance. Raspberries, crushed flowers, licorice and spices are layered into an understated finish built mostly on energy. Over the last few years, this has been one of the most improved wines in the Antinori line-up. This is a great showing.