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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