Dark in color with a nose of dried fruits. On the mid pallet this wine has dried red fruits dominating. On the finish the wine has chalky tannins, nice pucker power, oak, noticeable alcohol and some acidity. It builds nicely in the mouth especially without food. This is a nice Chianti but not as complex as I would look for in this price range. I would give it an 88 or so.
From the LCBO web site:
FATTORIA LA RIPA CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2007 VINTAGES 984401 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 24.95
Wine, Red Wine 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : XD
Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Santa Brigida
Release Date: Jan 7, 2012
Free sulphur: 7 mg/L.
Deep black cherry ruby with black reflections and some almandine in the rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, with alcohol and sour cherry fruit supported by deft berry fruit acidity and some wet bark bitterness. It’s developing, but displays pleasant depth. On the palate it’s deft, with fairly rich cherry fruit supported by clean sour berry fruit acidity, and by smooth sweet tannins that have a slight burr, and flow into a clean sour berry fruit finish. It’s pleasant, in a graceful key, and will become lacy with time. Worth seeking out if you prefer the more traditional style, and even if you prefer softer lusher wines you will enjoy it with a steak. Score – 88-90. (Kyle Phillips, Italian Wine Review, March 5, 2010).