Antonio Galloni stopped in the other day with 17 friends of his from Castell' in Villa. Classic expressions of Sangiovese from Chianti Classico. I showed up after the battle, but all of the wounded soldiers remained standing. After tasting through them twice it was very obvious, the 1977 was far superior to the other 16 vintages, which went back to 1971 and up to the 2005. The '77 Chianti Classico Riserva stood out from the rest with its deep forest notes, salty cheese, dark frutti di bosco liqueur and ever so harmonized tannins with an overall great mouthfeel and still youthful (for it's age) acidity.
Quickly researching the vintage online here is what the Wineanorak said about tasting the 1977 during his visit to Castell' In Villa with Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa, the current owner.
Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 1977''This was a year with frost in April that led to naturally low yields. This was the first time they realized that yields were so important. Pure, smooth, ripe nose with some earthy hints. The palate is really pure, fresh and complex with lovely spiciness to the dark fruits. Brilliant stuff that is evolving beautifully. 95/100''