James Suckling – 92 points
Aromas and flavors of plums, berries and orange peel. Full body, soft tannins and a fresh finish. Some balsamico too. Delicious red. Drink now.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 92 points
The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a beautiful and complete expression of 100% Sangiovese with great textural richness and a big sense of power at the back. The wine starts off in a slow and rather understated manner, but it finds its momentum quickly and becomes very generous along the way. This Riserva needs to flesh out further. Give it a few more years of bottle aging.
Wine Enthusiast – 92 points
Aromas of chopped mint, underbrush, spiced berry, toast and a whiff of iris take shape on this savory, approachable wine. Made entirely with Sangiovese, the ripe round palate offers dried cherry, raspberry, truffle and licorice framed in supple tannins. It finishes on a savory, almost salty note. Drink through 2020.