Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy; 13% ABV
imported by Halby Marketing, Inc., Sonoma, CA
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store
I had been interested in this wine, but was prompted to finally try one after Seedboy wrote that his bottle of this wine was literally vinegar. My bottle, courtesy of Richmond GO owner / operator Sopheap Yin, was not vinegary at all, and was in fact a solidly good wine.
On the first day, it needed a couple hours’ air to show tart red cherry fruit that showed a good bit of orange and herbs, pretty good but unexciting wine. On the second day, having just put the cork back in the top of the bottle, darker red cherry fruit came out, giving a pleasant impression of greater ripeness, but of less complexity. On the third day, however, the fruit and the complexity came forth and integrated nicely, becoming really quite tasty. It still was not an amazing wine, but it was good and well made for the price, and certainly not too old.