Chianti DOCG, Italy; 12.5% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 29 Dec, 2014
I wondered why I couldn’t see through the bottom of this bottle, so I decanted it with a light under the shoulder just to be safe. Despite the eerily pristine cork, there was a large amount of sediment, which worried me in such a young wine. Indeed, the nose of the wine was terrible: stinky and oxidized. The taste was better than the smell, but was still like a mix of wine and sherry, and it only got worse with time in the glass. The rest went into the cooking stash. Again, I give the caveat that this was only one bottle, but unless anyone reports a different experience, I recommend avoiding this wine altogether. I might even return the rest of it instead of cooking with it.