Chianti, Italy; 13% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 May
I’ve taken a while to get to this bottle, mostly because of the cheesy label and the low price. However, it is actually quite good for that price if you like Italian wine. Please note that the 2011 VDF Chianti is also at GOs now. 2011 was not a good year in Chianti, but please let us know what you think if you’ve tried either the 2010 or the 2011.
This wine was not terrible on first pour, but promised more with air. Indeed, I thought it needed about two hours in a decanter to show a medium body with flavors, of moderate tanginess and complexity, of dark red cherry, tart cherry, earthy orange peel, and an herbal, tannic finish. This description sounds a lot like a Pinot Noir, albeit with a little more acid, and I expect you could use it in place of one. I thought this wine was really quite good for the money.
At the Richmond store where I got this bottle, they had put cases of the 2010 on top of cases of the 2011. As I recall, the last time I went there, the 2010 had sold out and they were working their way through the 2011.