You might say this wine has it all.
First, there's the history. It was made in the heart of Tuscany at a 14th-century Chianti Classico estate (a castle where famed Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci was once a guest).
Then, there's all the acclaim. Winemaker John Matta is a four-time International Wine & Spirit Competition 'Italian Winemaker of the Year' (1997, 2002, 2005 and 2010). 2010 was also the year Castello Vicchiomaggio won a 'Best-in-Class' gold and trophy. And this is just the IWSC. Decanter, Gambero Rosso Jancis Robinson and James Suckling are also big fans of John's wines.
And of course, the vintage. 2011 is shaping up to be an excellent year in Chianti Classico, with 90-93 Wine Spectator Points for wines that are "ripe and rich, yet vibrant."
John coaxed out all the best characteristics of 2011 here – well structured, velvety tannins and persistent hints of ripe cherry. Thanks to 12 months in traditional oak botte, you'll also notice a lingering note of smooth vanilla spice.