Cork soaked through and crumbled in last stage of extraction. Opened 3 hours before drinking. Medium, clear red. Bosquey notes in the aroma, with a tiny whiff of clean straw. Most struck by the acidity and tannins toward the integrated end of the spectrum--plenty of structure, but not agressively so. Clearly Italian. Given the condition of the cork, I think more extended storage is a gamble.
Last of my case purchased 10 years ago. Tasted next to an '07. This last bottle of the '94 held up well (50% of case did not, balance did) with nice body/legs, with a relatively strong nose compared to recent bottles. Pepper and berries. Aerated and decanted. The '07 was a lighter, livelier bottle of the same. Great fun in juxtaposition.
David T, my friend, you had a bad bottle for sure. My bottle is full of character. Age-appropriate fading with legs in the glass. Nose is a big beautiful punch of berry and bramble and sweet. Complementary palate, but again, if size matters this is a winner, and in a very good place. Only gave it once thru the aereator. Opening up as I speak. Peak form, people - drink up! 50/5/14/17/6
I just moved my wine cellar from professional storage into my new home, so I am drinking a lot of bottles now that probably were best consumed a few years ago (okay, so I have a lot of wine, and a few got "lost" along the way). That being said, I think the rest of the reviewers I have seen here are underrating this wine. Yes, it is fully ready to drink and I would not wait longer. However, my husband and I found this to be very enjoyable and it went down well with a mild pasta dish. Medium red, very slightly brown at edge, nice lean cherry up front, very smooth and pleasant. Still some tannin on the backend, along with a pleasant bitterness. We finished the bottle in no time flat and were even tempted to open another tonight. But its a school night! Sigh. I would drink this any time I would open a mid-weight Barbera with food. Glad I have more.
Update: had 2 more bottles - one was slightly corked, and the other was not quite as good as the first one I reviewed here. Still enjoyable, but not as fresh. Others must be right about the bottle variation here. I have 9 more to go, so will update on the body count once I am throught them all.
7 more down, with overall good results - most bottles very pleasant to drink (as of 10/2012)
Still very drinkable, as much or moreso than bottles previously consumed this year. At this age, it appears it's a matter of the individual bottle's 'behaviour'. Strong berries on the palate, light on the nose and ever so slightly dull, likely due to it being slightly past prime. Originally a very strong Chianti, now just a very good one.
Was a bit acidic when first opened, but mellowed after aeration and decanting and mellowed after 4 hours. Still slightly flat, but fruit integrated nicely while in decanter. Wine is definitely past prime. What to do with another 5 bottles.
Pop n pour, and served next to the '95 Rancia. I did not rate this wine as it is obvious that its best days are well behind it. Some fruit remains, as do some aromas, but it is tired and ready to be put down. Drink now, approx $41
This is a delicious and ready to drink Chianti. The color is a medium brick. The nose is filled with scents of burnished berries ala blueberries and rasberries. The taste is generous with flavors of anise, caramel and blueberries and rasberries. DEElicious!