Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

Chianti Classico (New releases and top picks)

With the start of each new year comes the myriad of Italian wine tastings that have become the highlight of these early winter months.  Each year, I find myself tasting the new releases of all my favorite wines.  One wine in particular always stands out to me, Chianti Classico.  

 

Thinking back over a decade, Chianti Classico was the wine that showed me that I loved Italian wine.  They are excellent food wines with gorgeous fruit, earth and that perfect blend of Italian acidity.  What's more, many of them can age in the cellar, yet nearly all of them are perfectly enjoyable upon release.  In my book, this is THE Italian wine, and it always will be.  The following list are my favorites tasted this year and you really can't go wrong with any of them.  Some are everyday value wines and others will find prestigious spots in your cellar.  There is something for everyone.

 

7. Il Grigio da San Felice Reserva Sangiovese Chianti (2009)

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Average price: $20.74 from 27 stores
The nose showed dark red fruits with black cherry, blackberry and citrus, followed by hints of undergrowth and herbs. On the palate, I found ripe red berries, beautiful inner floral and herbal notes with a regal structure. The lasting finish was focused, giving a slow-motion playback of its performance on the palate.
 
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