Chianti for Every Day

It's time to revisit this wine lover's staple. Better than ever and still great values.

Spicy on the nose, with notes of toasty oak, allspice and tarry blackcurrant fruit that shows a bit of heat. Rich and powerful, with plenty of tannin on entry. This reveals a core of slightly candied black berry and plummy fruit wrapped up with nuanced spice, licorice and cocoa flavors that yield to a slightly toasty, spicy and warm finish that is clipped by the drying wood tannins. A pretty big wine with good depth of fruit, but not a lot of detail. 87 points
This shows a little coffee bean on the nose, tarry and spicy with a low oaken sheen under warm, slightly meaty and leathery spiced cherry fruit. Medium bodied and well balanced, this shows the juicy acids and slightly austere tannins of Sangiovese supporting wild raspberry and cherry fruit. it's a little angular in the mouth with a faint mineral base to the flavors and some toasty spice and dry wood tannins emerging on the moderately long finish. Could use a year to calm down but displays a nice balance of fruit and tense structure. 86 points
Sweet and fairly black-fruited on the nose with blueberry and black pepper fruits that gain nice floral and meaty elements in the glass. There's a dollop of Syrah in this and it seems to have taken control of the nose. Rich and soft on entry, this shows fine density of sweet black fruits that are supported with nice acidic lift and some noticeable tannins. There’s a nice hit of herbaceous blackcurrant fruit on the back end that comes with lots of chewy fruit tannins, driving the moderately long and sweetly-fruited finish. Lacks some typicity but is a nice wine. 85 points
A touch sweet on the nose, with deep dark strawberry fruit that’s framed with hints of leather and wood spice, turning woodier with air. Narrow and seamless in the mouth, this shows good focus, though with simple strawberry and cranberry fruit, especially on the lean finish, which does show nice focus and snap. 84 points
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Stoney and herbal on the nose, this shows lovely if savory wild raspberry and strawberry fruit that has a wild, woodlands complexion. Smooth and rather polished on entry, this shows a slight edge of ripeness to the fruit early on the palate, then the acidity pokes through and delivers some lovely and aromatic floral and herb notes. There's a lovely cranberry and red currant quality to the fruit here, with a tart raspberry finish that is cut a bit short by the soft but present tannins. Simple, fresh Chianti that is a bit riper than typical. 84 points
Youthful buttery herbs greet the nose followed by a bit of briary strawberry fruit topped with hints of herb stems. This shows nice acid on entry and good richness, with a bit of a warm vintage feel with its simple but sweet delivery of strawberry and cherry fruit that finishes with nice, dusty tannins. Round and friendly. 83 points
Tight and aromatically reticent, with some cedar top notes and layers of cloves, oak and just a hint of fines herbs. On the palate this is a bit soft and all about sweet and sour cherry fruit. The wood spice shows up quickly, obscuring some of the fruit and adding sweet vanilla notes to the back end and a moderately imposing dose of wood tannin cutting the finish short. 80 points

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  • Snooth User: Welkja
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    Chianti and Chianti Classical are wines I enjoy with tomato sauced Italian foods, the way the people of Italy intended most of these wines to be used. It is great how you pointed out the improvement of wines of this region today and now I enjoy many of these wines by themselves as they have improved. I will continue to consume wines of this region as they improve in the future.Thank you for an informative article and look forward to trying some of the wines reviewed.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

  • Snooth User: petroniano
    1049228 20

    the plural of fiasco is fiaschi, pronounce fee-ah-skee.

    May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

  • Snooth User: teddz
    880703 31

    Welkja, tomato sauces are not used much in Tuscany, where Chinati is made.

    Jun 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

  • Snooth User: teddz
    880703 31

    Castello di Romitorio 2009 $13 (recently replaced by the 2010). Poggio Amorelli 2008 $15. Renzo Massi 2009 Riserva $15. All nice examples ... The Massi 09 riserva is unusually ripe for a chianti.

    Jun 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

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