- Brick color with fast forming legs and aromas of dusty and mushroom. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of alcohol, black pepper and black currant with a medium/full body. Flabby texture with a long finish.
Decanted for 2 hours prior to tasting. Not impressed & not much improvement from last taste 1 year ago. Still quite tannic with a bit of heat/alcohol. Flavors of dark cherry & tobacco. Fair at best Chianti at this point.
Nose of sour cherries, leather and still a kick of alcohol after 2 hrs. In decanter. Medium palate. Freah red fruits a little gritty on the finish but much more balance and integrated than previous bottle. I really enjoyed this. Very lengthy finish. Unfortunately my last bottle.
14%. Rounded mouthfeel. Soft tannins. High toned red fruits, red cherry lollipop, clean smelling no earthy / mushroom notes that I've come to associate with Tuscan. Nicely tart, so despite the high alcohol can still be taken with a meal.
A very good, well structured Chianti. Medium, dark cherry nose; dark fruit with well balanced oak: strong tannins, but sense it would have benefitted by decanting which I was not in a position to do; medium finish. Received compliments from finicky Chianti drinkers.
Opened to watch the World Series with wife’s homemade pizza. Very modern with dark fruit aromas. After an hour in glasses and after vinturi this had much nicer aromatics that had some nice perfumed floral aromatics. Tannins smoothed out nicely and wine not overly drying. Very nice after one hour and with food or alone. My only bottle ☹. If you have time open and pour an hour before.
Modern chianti-nose with oak, cherrie and some dark berrie fruit. Needs at least 2 hours of air since it is still quite young and a bit hard. But then this is a pleasant enough wine, good annata from a warm year.
Very, very nice chianti. Heavier, classic style that I tend to like. Deep dark fruits on the nose with dirt and some spice. Heavier bodied with dark fruits, leather, earth, great acidity and long finish. Pretty stiff tannins so it should be good for a while yet. nice wine that held up great with kabobs.
Blind at home: Sour cherry, soft leather, baked earth with sage, and a touch of cedar and baking spices; Med. body, bone dry, high acidity, medium dusty tannins, medium alcohol. This is a classic, but darker colored, fairly robust chianti. Needs time. $20.
Not bad but definitely too soon. Going to try and hold these for a bit. Just a bit too mellow for a chianti so I'm hoping they will develop a bit. However, if you must it's a nice bottle of wine even now.
GRAPE VARIETIES: 90% SANGIOVESE, 10% OTHER VARIETIES ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14%
Appearance: Clear, medium(+) ruby. Clean nose of medium(+) intensity, developing. Aroma characterisitcs: ripe black fruit (black cherry, black plum) with marked pungent spice and a slightly bitter herbaceous note (liquorice, black tea). Dry on the palate with medium(+) level of acidity and high level of chewy tannin. Medium(+) level of alcohol, full bodied. Medium(+) level of intensity. Aroma characteristics are mirrored on the palate. Medium(+) length.
A full-bodied, bitter-sweet and well-structured and example of Chianti Classico. Quite delicious and intense, but never really exciting. Though I do struggle a bit to understand Wine Spectators 92/100-rating, the wine is definitely worth its 13£ price tag. Ready to drink, but will keep.
A sophisticated Chianti; lots of tannin, a little sour, but lots of dark fruit and cedar. Needed decanting for sure, and probably will be better in a few years. But excellent now with traditional Italian pastas and tomato-based sauces.
Ruby-garnet; intense tar, herbs, black cherries, wood smoke, truffles; dried cherry, smokey, medium-full body, good acidity, firm grainy tannins, decent finish. Decanted 1 hr. Deeply coloured (Tempranillo or Merlot in here?) and complex. Intense tar/smokiness for the weight, needs time to integrate.
Very dark, nearly opaque, color, with deep ruby towards the edges. Nose of dark fruit—plum, black cherry, blackberry—along with licorice, leather, violet, cedar, and an herbal note. Really interesting nose. Full-bodied with good length and notes of dark fruit, rustic earthiness, and a notable dose of acid and mineral on the back end. Tannins are chalky and noticeable, but smoothed a bit with air. Pretty solid food wine, though the mineral and acid are a bit out of balance for me. I think this will be better in a year or two.
This is pretty good and would go for a rosso di montelchino or even baby brunello in a blind tasting. Very young. Dark red color. Dark cherries, flowers, and spice on the nose. Tannic, sour cherries, a bit bitter. Very good with food.
Agree with note from df1962. Vinturi-aerate to decanter, let sit perhaps an hour. Color darker than expected for Chianti, with lots of dark red and purple hues approaching opaque at center. Bouquet of black licorice sitting atop a mix of black and sour cherries, plus some plums, dry earth, and coffee. Many of the same flavors as aromas on the palate, with tart and sweet cherries and dark plums twisting in and out of earth and coffee tones. Some dry earth together with moderately chewy tannins wave a food flag, and so went nicely with charcoal fired burgers. Nicely balanced. At the time of the summer sale, Ian Dorin called this one of his favorite Italian reds under 20 at Wine Library. This really took me back to some of the lovely local Chianti's we drank in Florence in early May.
2 hour decant. Black fruit and vanilla nose. Black fruit, cherries, and cola on the palate, delicious. Medium finish with soft tannins was fantastic. This wine opened up beautifully as the night went on. An absolute pleasure to drink.
1 hour decant. Red and black fruit nose. Black cherries, plum, and black currant on the palate. A touch of pepper on the back end into the medium finish. A bit tight, but cellaring should help. A nice Chianti in the $20 range.
This is outstanding. I love the notes of fresh blackberries, sandalwood, leather and spice. Full-bodied with polished tannins that deliver juicy fruits straight through the finish. (Drink 2012-2019) - May, 2012 (JD)
Spectacular Chianti; very impressed with this. Perfect balance of fruit and earth with flavors that envelope your palate and lingers in the mouth. Went back to it on the second day and it was even more stunning. Love the dry red and black fruit quaility coupled with aged dry meats; proscuitto and pepperoni. This wine reminds me why I love Chianti so much. What a wonderful surprise in this bottle. Excellent.
Decanted for 1 hr. Nose of dark red fruits, alcohol still strong. Medium weight. Dark red cherries on the palate with a little plum. Gritty tannins. Very nice but subdued flavors due to the tannins. Lengthy finish. I really like this and will look for more bottles but msinly to put away for a year or two.
Young and basically tasteless. Full disclosure - I like full bodied and flavorful wine - something that Chianti often struggles with. Not sure what the point of drinking this is, but .....I would pay a few more dollars and pickup something more interesting. Life is too short to drink this.
PnVnD let air for 3hrs. Darkish purple crimson - chianti but dark chianti - not opaque with a clear rim. Floral (Good n Plenty) nose with anise black cherry and a touch of earthy plum. Medium weight with pleasantly grippy espresso and cherry pit tannins. Tasty dried sour cherry plum and a minerally cassis pastille note at the end. Well balanced. Great with food. Even with a decant needs a bit of time to integrate.