This is a nice solid Chianti for a very nice price. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is dusty with cherries, anise and tea leaves. Light tannins. On the palate, sour cherries over slight forest floor. Good finish. This is very food friendly with excellent acidity. Will go great with pasta, pizza and fowl dishes. It should probably be drunk in the next few years but will probably be drinkable for five to seven if not at peak.
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.
Looking for a great value? Be sure to check out the 2015 Chianti's. This one retails for $10 and is very good. A bit modern in style and easy to drink. Ruby in color. The nose has black cherries and slight dry forest floor notes. A bit of baking spices. On the palate, there is a nice acidity here. Cherry and black cherry fruit. Round corners make it easy to drink on its own but of course, great for pizza and pasta. This probably is better drunk in the next few years.
Another in a series of 2004 Chianti Classicos. This is also drinking quite well. At peak or ever so slightly past but still with freshness and life. Ruby in color. The nose has cherries, dried cherries, sandalwood and dry tea. On the palate, this has lively acidity. Nice texture. Lots of cherries with underlying spice. Good finish. Food friendly. Drink in the next three to five years.
This bottle retailed for around $25 on release. At age 14 years from vintage, it is drinking quite well. It is certainly at peak (or just past) and won't get better from here, but what a nice experience. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries, dried cherries, black cherries, dried tea leaves, slight spice and some dried leather. On the palate, this has vibrant cherries fruit along with some dried cherries and forest floor notes. No tannins left. Some layering. Moderate complexity. Nice acidity. Works well with pasta, pizza and medium bodied foods. Drink up in the next few ye
As basic Chianti's go, this is one of the best. It is also one of the most expensive at around $30. It is drinking quite well right now but needs a bit of air still. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, tea leaves, dust and spice. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Juicy black cherry fruit with underlying bits of damp forest floor. A nice backbone of acidity. Deep and complex, it unwinds in the glass. Nice finish. This works with a wide variety of foods. Still about 3 to 5 years from peak I would think and it will be good for a while after that.
In later vintages, this carries the Gran Selezione designation. This is one of, if not the top Chianti. It is better than most Brunellos. Of course, it costs more than most Brunellos too. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. What a great nose. A bit smokey with cherries, macerated cherries, some forest floor/tea leaves and slight spice. Still tight and tannic on the palate. It opens in the glass to show cherries, spice and black cherries. This needs time for sure, maybe another three to five and it will be good for a decade or maybe two after that. This is a great wine that can equal
Sadly, this wine was just about DOA. The cork was good. The wine was pale ruby and watery looking. The wine was oxidized. Oh well, I had hoped for better but that was a lot to ask.