Chianti Rufina DOCG, Tuscany, Italy; 13% ABV
purchased some time in the last couple weeks at the Richmond, CA, store
After Weinish had championed this wine and others had seconded, I got a bottle and finally opened it last night. I Weinished it, i.e., I just opened it, poured my glass from the bottle, started drinking. I totally concur. This is delicious Chianti for the money. It’s quite fruity and fruit-forward for a Chianti, tasting of tangy, dark cherry tending toward plum, pit of cherry / plum / black olive, earth, and a mildly tannic finish. It went great with a frozen BBQ chicken pizza from the GO. 🙂
I was worried that this wouldn’t do well the next day but, if anything, the saved single-glass, screw-cap bottle is better. The flavors are more integrated, the taste more delineated and overall more balanced than on the first night.