Another very nice Chianti carrying the Gran Selezione designation which came about in 2015 and is the highest designation of quality in Chianti. Of course, not all wines carrying this designation are created equally. This is purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose is interesting with red apples and sour cherries also some balsamic vinegar and slight tea leaves. On the palate, this still has medium tannins. Cherry and sour cherry fruit with a bit of damp forest floor. Slight port like notes of sweet alcohol on the finish but not enough to be an issue. Overall, a very tasty Chi
Along with Fontodi, my two favorite producers in Chianti. For under $20, this is a great value. Deep garnet in color. The nose is dusty with high toned cherries. Perhaps a slight touch of volatile acidity but for me, it lifted the aromatics and was not a problem. On the palate, cherries, sour cherries and light tannins wrapped around forest floor notes. Good acidity. Long finish. This will probably not improve but it is drinking quite well and should hold at this point for at least a decade. It will go great with Tuscan foods so think pastas but also pizza.
From one of the best producers of Chianti and in Tuscany, this wine was showing great. It kept improving all night long. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has dusty cherries with some tea leaves and a bit of spice. On the palate, slight tannins. Lots of concentrated cherry fruit. Medium bodied. Very nice acidity. Almost a smoked cherry flavor on the palate which is very interesting along with fresh cherries and a bit of tea. Good acidity. This wine should continue to improve for a few years and be good for another ten to twenty after that depending on your tastes. It is very food fr
This is a very nice Sangiovese from Tuscany and from a good vintage. Garnet in color. The nose is dusty with cherries and a bit of soy. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Nice sour cherry fruit over a bit of forest floor. Slight complexity, this should continue to develop a bit more. Good acidity. Long finish. It is ripe and has an almost sweet quality about it but not. This will work with a wide variety of food. Obviously pasta and pizza are go to dishes. This might get a bit better but should last for another five to seven years if well stored.
This is the best that Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has to offer. At age 15, it is still young and really needed some air time to open up. Better than most Chianti's and many Brunellos. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose is great with cherries, tea leaves and spice. On the palate, a great backbone of acidity. Lots of juicy cherry fruit layered tightly with forest floor notes. Medium tannins. Long finish. This really needs some food to soothe both the tannins and the acidity. Pasta or Pizza would be great but it can stand up to meat dishes as well.
This was purchased on release ($30) and stored. It is drinking well now and a good value if not trying to source it now. Ruby in color. The nose has cherries, tea leaves, spice and slight roasted herb. On the palate, this has nice acidity and begs for food. Went great with Eggplant Parmesan. Lots of juicy cherries with a slight raisin note. Good finish. Probably at peak but still has some time left.
Consistently one of the better BdM's out there. 2012 was a good year if not stellar, but this wine was singing. Pop and pour, it took about an hour to open up and was good to go. Garnet in color. The nose has cherries, tea leaves, and slight spice notes. On the palate, this has slight tannins. Nice cherry fruit. Showing slight layering of fruit and forest floor. Good acidity. Long finish. This will work with a wide variety of foods and really begs for food. It is still on the youthful side bu no baby. It won't get better but should mature nicely for the next decade. Drink anyti
Pop and pour, this wine is in a great place right now. Ruby in color with some garnet swirls. The nose is great with cherries, slight funk, and tea leaves. On the palate, this has great acidity. Lots of cherries with some dried cherries over some forest floor flavors. Good finish. This is past its time as a fruit bomb though it has plenty left. It is developing some lovely tertiary qualities. Of course, it needs some great pasta or other Italian foods on the dinner tables.
Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is dusty with cherries and a slight root beer note. Strong tannins! Sour cherry fruit on the palate. Good acidity. Some depth. Despite the youth and tannins, this has a lovely elegance to it. This really demands food. It will work with a wide variety of pasta dishes with or without meats. Should continue to improve for a few years and be good for another 15 after that. Retails for $65.
This Super Tuscan blend has Sangiovese, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It retails for $15 which is a fair price. The nose is dusty with cherries. This is a relatively simple wine but good and easy drinking. There is a bit of an under ripe vegetal note but not bad. Good acidity. This would work nicely with pizza or pasta or at a local Italian place.