From Vine Farmer:
We've come to know Casa Emma's wines for their presence, harmony, and clarity, fostered by a rigorous natural farming approach that even sees the use of algae and seaweed treatments in place of chemical treatments. Casa Emma flew under the radar for many years because they had no national importer (the reasons for national representation are often based on much less virtuous factors than wine quality), yet they have always been recognized by Chianti Classico enthusiasts as a producer quietly championing true terroir expression, year in and year out.
These wines buck the recent Tuscan trend of extraction, sheen, and excessive oak to provide impact. While many of those examples that garner "high" scores, the clarity, age worthiness, and nobility that Sangiovese was historically prized for becomes lost entirely. In contrast, one could sum up Casa Emma's style as "cool climate restraint" - powerful in a subtle, thoughtful manner made possible by their prized 420m high amphitheater enhanced by uninhibited cooling wind from the sea. At their best, Casa Emma's wines are fine grained and haunting in aroma. We think about them as unmistakably Tuscan and site specific, yet with a feel aligned to palates appreciating classic French wines as opposed to palates appreciating more immediate, forward, and rich wines.
The Wine - The Riserva tends to be a different animal altogether from the Chianti Classico: older vines (15-30 years) more prominently mark it through a dense savory edge and broader expansion and impact on the pallet. 24 months in tonneau provide the slow breathing that help to integrate all component together. This glides across the pallet with great poise and a sense of refinement. The Riserva rewards at least 5 years of age but really gets interesting at 10 years as striking secondary aromas of mint, pine, herbs, and medicinal cherry are slowly revealed. As with the Chianti Classico, a small amount of the indigenous Malvasia Nera varietal is blended in.
March 2020 Check In - This wine is really humming along with none of the expected heat of 2015. In fact, I would not call the vintage. Broad shouldered and with a reserved feel - taking long, gentle strides - this wine is excellent on its own, from a big glass. Its still a bit primary in the best way possible. Certainly, a decant and food wouldn't hurt, but this is truly engaging and pleasurable now, if not a little bit young.