Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy; 14.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 23 June
This wine looked promising as a select designation (Chianto Classico DOCG) in a good year. It’s not spectacular, but it is pretty good for the money.
I decanted this and came back to it half an hour later, when it was already surprisingly tasty, with flavors of tart, medium dark, red cherries balanced by tannin and some bitterness of seed, stem, and wood, in a medium body. After an hour or slightly more, it had darkened to include plum / purple grape, but it wasn’t until about two hours of air that I felt it really relaxed and fully opened, with the seed / stem moving to the background. Even after three hours of being open, it’s still quite tasty, showing the flavors above plus a little orange and a hint of licorice, with the same earthy tannic finish. It’s hardly the most substantial Chianti, and it should probably be drunk up soon, but for the price, it’s quite good. None survived to see the next day, but I’d guess it would be okay.