Sangiovese is such a fickle grape. I have had many Italian wines and always find them some of the toughest for me to characterize. But I love the grape and love it with big and bold pasta dishes
The Chianti was a nice smooth wine with a hint of sour cherry but uber smooth with a nice finish. I was disappointed in the finish of the wine (the taste in the back of your mouth) on Sunday but its much smoother tonight. And I try to never be afraid to admit my ignorance. I couldn’t describe the finish last night. It was odd and definitely a bit sour. Tonight that sour in the fruit is nice, last night it was not.
I also thought this wine was a little tired. A 2003 is not an old wine by any standard, but sometimes these value brands don’t hold up to aging like the expensive Tuscan reds. I didn’t get the fruit nearly as bold as I might normally expect. But, that being said, it was a good glass of wine.
And I got this at a very reasonable price. I paid $14.95 at Jungle Jim’s Supermarket in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was released at $22 a bottle. Additionally, they only made 1,500 cases of this wine.
I’d like to buy a more recent vintage and compare it to this one. But I’d recommend the label for a value Italian wine.
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