Tasted blind. Free&Easy night at ESBK. Appearance is clear, medium intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose medium+ intensity, with aromas of earth, soy sauce, sweet toasty spices, red plum, sour red cherries, hints of barnyard earth. Developed. On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), smooth resolved medium tannins, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of earth, soy sauce, red plums, sour red cherries, sweet toasty spices. Medium finish. Very good quality Chianti Classico. Aged for 12 months in barriques. Finish could be better though. Time to drink up, not for further ageing.
No formal note. Moderate intensity, red fruited, sour red cherry, touch of florals, some nice leathery development, soft tannins, fresh acidity, falls away a touch on the medium length finish. Very good but time to drink up. ***
Cork barely tinged. Heady savory aromas. Pretty, fairly transparent red. Supple texture, with smooth tannins announcing themselves at the end. Amazing fruit level. Couldn't believe how little I paid for this bottle, so an amazing bargain compared to what's in the bottle.
In the nose full ripe dark cherries, ripe plums, black currant, nicely balanced, well integrated acidity supporting the berry fruit. On the palate again dark fruits, soft, well balanced, still tannins. Finish medium length, nice. Still can mature a few more years.
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(Castello di Ama Chianti Classico) This blend of approximately 80% Sangiovese, 8% Canaiolo, and 12% Malvasia Nera and Merlot is aged in barriques, 20% new and the remainder 1 to 3 years old. The wine captivates immediately with a direct hit of pure Morello cherry, followed by fennel, anise, basil, thyme, verbena, stewed meats, leather, and chalk. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, with a dense core of ripe Morello cherry followed by subtle, earthy, barnyard notes, leather, and chalk. The silky mouthfeel is balanced by persistent acidity and cleansing fruit tannins. The oak tannins are gentle, and the finish is extremely long. Special Report: Chianti Classico
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