Silverdale, WA 12.5% alc. (Purchased on 9/26/14)
Mostly clear, but dark ruby/purple with slight brick tone around the rim. Classic Chianti nose with dried cherry, lavender and earth aromas; in the mouth, it’s fairly tart, but soft and showing a slight saline quality along with more dried cherry and earthiness. The tannins have pretty much faded to the background, so all-in-all the wine seems rather thin and lifeless. A bit of mustiness shows up in the finish, though I don’t really think the wine is corked…just too old. I bet it was pretty tasty in it’s youth, but right now it leaves me unimpressed…even with pasta and creamed tomato sauce. While it hasn’t gone completely over the hill, I certainly cannot recommend it.