5 Top Value Sangiovese Wines from 2009

A wonderful year for entry level Chianti


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5 Top Value Sangiovese Wines from 2009 2009 is a vintage of highs and lows in Tuscany. High heat and low rainfall produced some wonderful wines that are full with ripe fruit and soft structure, but others were affected in an adverse way, showing low acidity and slightly pruney flavors.

It is a vintage during which some of the best vineyards, those historically associated with the best positions, may have had just a bit too much of a good thing while lesser vineyards really hit it out of the park.

Nowhere is this more true than at the lower levels of Chianti and Chianti Classico. 2009 has produced a wonderfully ripe crop of entry level Chiantis: rich, packed with fruit and perfect now and over the next several years. These are fine wines and many posses more oomph and complexity that one might usually find in such affordable wines.

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