Chianti DOCG, Italy, 12.5% ABV
$10 at the Berkeley, CA store on 9 May
This has actually been at the Berkeley store for a while, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to spring for a $10 wine with such an uninspiring label. However, now that it’s on sale, I bought one, and it’s delicious!
It’s rather uninspiring at first, but really blooms after about 1:45 of air in a decanter, and continues to get better after that. It shows flavors of dark, tangy cherry, hibiscus, black raspberry, dried orange peel, and leather / brown earth, with good acid of the above plus some red raspberry. Unlike the medium-bodied 2008 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, this wine is on the lighter end of full-bodied (after it airs!), with complex ripe fruit and a nice texture. This wine is, however, less complex and more coarse than the Monsanto. Compared to the 2007 San Leonino Chianti Classico Riserva, this wine is less dense and layered, but has a more diverse palette of flavors and is more tangy. I think, much like the Monsanto, you would easily pay twice the price for this wine elsewhere.
I thought I was done with my sale shopping, but I may have to get another bottle if I can make it back there on Sunday (and the wine is still there). 🙂