I must admit, I've not had a lot of Chianti Classico wines but I’m become more familiar with the style.
We all know the taditional Chianti bottles are from their iconic straw baskets. This enabled very efficient inverted stacking of wines for transport back in the day. The straw would help insulate the bottles against imapact. Any certified chianti carries a black rooster seal “Consorzio Chianti Classico” indicating the grapes/wine originate from the chianti classic region. Predominantly Sangiovese this blend is often considered the Bordeaux of Italy.
On the nose, quintessential Italian, “generic berry fruits” and a bit of creaky old dusty cupboards. But the wood was so far in the distance, it could have wafted from another room. It’s pretty fruit forward and could easily be put down for another 5-7 years no problem.
With much more carry over on the palate – as expected for Italian wines – than on the nose. The mouthfeel was full, textured and layered. Medium tannin structure would lend itself to lamb or light game (rabbit, quail). This wine is about texture and it’s synergy with food.
Picked up this wine at Emmanuel’s Wineshop Kingscliff