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Snooth User: JonDerry

2008 Chianti Classico

Posted by JonDerry, Nov 10, 2011.

Amazing week of wine tasting for myself in Las Vegas.  Many opportunities at tasting all sorts of wines i've been meaning to get around to, and found them all at various spots at Mandalay Bay, where I attended an industry convention.

Anyway, to get things started I happened upon a 2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico at a restaurant last night and liked it quite a lot. Delicious dark fruits, more plum than cherry, with a healthy and judicious amount of acidity. Maybe not the most complex wine, but the kind I could drink a lot of and be happy with. 91-93 points, and at around $25 a bottle, a QPR win as well.

An SQN dinner awaits tomorrow night in LA, will make sure to report back on how it goes.


Reply by dmcker, Nov 10, 2011.

So did the Fontodi stand out compared to the crowd, or was it really that good on its own? 93 for a non-riserva chianti classico seems pretty inflationary.  ;-)

Though of course I'd prefer to have had it over the S. Australian cab I had with a Tuscan stew tonight....

Reply by JonDerry, Nov 10, 2011.

Would be curious to get your opinion on it D, it was a 91 or 92 pointer that I enjoyed so much more than others in the same class just because of it's superior drinkability, hence the range. I'll have to re-taste and see if that holds up, but the important thing is I know i've found a wine that I like to a point, previously unavailable at this price range.

I meant to ask if anyone's tried any other 08 Chianti Classico's? Have heard it's a good vintage.

Reply by hhotdog, Nov 11, 2011.

hey J.D., was that $25 restaurant price or retail?  just trying to compare to what i've tried recently...

Reply by JonDerry, Nov 11, 2011.

Retail you're looking at $25-30, restaurant obviously a bit higher, say $50-75

Seems JJ Buckley is selling it cheapest, Mags at $49.99 and 750ml's at $24.99 but supposedly that's a sale so not sure how long it will last.

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