Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy; 13% ABV
$8 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 15 Jan
I happily bought single bottles of the new Italian wines that showed up at the Berkeley store a couple days ago. However, this Wine Spectator vintage report said that the 2011 Vintage in Chianti was too hot and produced rather dull wines. This Chianti Classico certainly fits that description.
I felt this wine took about 2:15 in a decanter to air, but there wasn’t all that much to show for it when it did. There were the usual ripe and tart red cherries, with a hint of orange, but overall the wine was quite simple and not very substantial. This was pleasant enough to drink, but half the price would be more appropriate at the GO.
A year ago, I reviewed the 2004 Coli Chianti here. Chianti Classico is a sub-region within Chianti. 2004 was a year that, according to Parker’s vintage chart, was “Irregular, even among the best wines.”