Blind tasted. Nose showed dried cherry, dried raspberry, forest floor, black cherry, mushroom. Palette same with medium plus body, medium tannins, med plus acidity. Considered Cote de Nuits, but tannins were too high and it has a clearly Italian feel. Correctly guessed Sangiovese. Wine is blended with 10% Cannialo and 10% Cabernet.
Ruby appearance. Unlike past vintages the 2009 is mellow, thin, and a touch green. There are notes of cherries, black plums, and licorice, with touches of cola and chocolate, but it feels diluted and disjointed. Serviceable at best, it tastes more like a vino de tavola.
Nothing too special about this Chianti. Decent fruit and flavor but I would not seek it out. It is a perfectly passable bottle of red with pasta or pizza, but there are many others that are significantly better in the same price range.
13 pabv., bottled by Banfi SaSrl, Montalcino, Italy. Importer Banfi Vineyards, Old Brookville, NY. $19/750 ml.
Cork finished; teary when tasted from Riedel Chianti. Deeper, duskier for type than usual; brick with purple overlay.
Upon opening and immediate double-decant: A cherry/plum juice nose and mouthful, with a full blast of tannin. Very popular with the Vestry Dinner crowd at Trinity, Troy, OH--went throught 2 bottles.
At 72 hours: Plum and dried sweet-sour cherry, mineralic, with bakeshop aromas.
Full in texture, well extracted, sour cherry and slight matchstick minerality; supple tannins and cherry/European oak notes on finish, but not at all overdone. Great with the strong cheeses I brought along, especially the fine Reggiano. I'd drink it now for the fruit, but the minerality gives promise for another 3 to 5 years. Drink now-2017.
This medium garnet wine was Vinturi-decanted and serially tasted over the ensuing 2-3 hours. The nose shows moderately intense aromas of cherry, balsamic and earth. Light-to-medium-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, light supple tannins and well-integrated alcohol (which is listed as 13%). The flavors mirror the nose, although the dirt/earth component steps to the forefront. The middle palate is lacking and the short-to-medium finish lacks intensity. This wine was certainly "serviceable" when served with pasta Bolognese, but in no way will it be memorable. Drink now-12/15.