archetipal sangiovese with plum, cherry, cedar and a bit of chicken (my description for limestone...). good acidity and round body, lovely with food. ready to go but will last. reading the comments, I think this is a very good wine, and don't notice the international varieties, if any, in the color (transparent red without any purple/violet) or on the nose.
Quite an intense, expressive nose of dusty, dark sour cherry, tobacco and some dried fruit action. Instantly recognizable as a Chianti but the fruit comes off just a bit too overripe/liquorish for my taste. On the palate medium bodied but very chewy, with high acidity and oversized, gripping tannins (I blame you, Cabernet). Very dry and savoury, with a good deal of darkish sour cherry fruit. Indeed the flavor profile quite obviously reveals the existence of French grape varieties in the blend, which is not something I enjoy in a Chianti. Hugely structured and while enjoyable with food, falls apart a bit on the finish, which is a bit thin and boring. There is a lot here that I love in Chianti and other Sangiovese-dominated wines but in the end I'm still left craving for the purer examples of the style. Considering that Panzano is such a great place to grow Sangiovese I really hope that Rampolla would remove the lesser grape varieties from the blend in the future.
Are we all tasting the same wine? This was a classic, and classy, Chianti. Dark cherry and some tobacco notes, vibrant acidity, moderate alcohol, and good medium body. Hard to ask for more from a Chianti.
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