Chianto Classico DOCG, Italy; 13.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 28 Apr
This wine had a fair amount of dark crystalline sediment in the bottom, including a good bit crusted around the cork. However, there seemed to be very little of the fine sediment that I worry about becoming re-suspended in the liquid. The crystals just collect in the bottom of your glass and don’t affect the taste.
For the first couple hours I opened and decanted the wine, I was not optimistic that it would be very good. Although the color was nicely dark red and saturated for Chianti, the fruit was quite simple and was spoiled by a strong bitterness of grape seed and stem. However, after two hours, it seemed like there might be some life in there, and by three hours open, the wine was very tasty, and it kept improving over the next hour or so. It wound up showing plenty of dark red cherry with some plum, blueberry, cherry pit / wood, and slight dark rose / violet, in a heavier medium body. I liked the wine better with our red cabbage and ham casserole than on its own. So… Thumbs Up if you can plan ahead enough to give it three hours of air.