2014 Vinetti De Fiorini Chianti Superiore DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (Alcohol 12.5%) LCBO General List $14.95
So this is it, my everyday drinking red for the summer. Upon tasting this for the very first time I was astonished at the value it represents, as I have seen it sold for $22 in the States. I’ll admit that I was also quite smitten with the seriously old school labelling, but it’s what’s in the glass is that truly surprised me. Speaking of old school, what’s in the glass is pretty much benchmark old school Chianti, and this is a very good thing for my palate.
This Sangiovese dominated blend sees the introduction of a little Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, and Cabernet Sauvignon to round out the grippy nature of the region’s signature grape, and it works to great effect.
The nose has a distinctive floral/violet aromatic, with some reserved pruney fruit, and hints of spice and leather. The palate follows up with the same reserve on the fruit, but with a good combination of both acidity and astringency, and the alcohol sits very prettily at 12.5%. There’s none of that barrique nonsense going on here, the wine being aged in very traditional large casks for 12 months, so don’t fear the curse of over-oaked Sangiovese with this bottling.
What with that good acidity, tannic structure, savoury character, and low alcohol, this Chianti is quite versatile. I’d recommend it with anything meaty you’d throw on the grill, but especially sausages, burgers, and herbed lamb chops.
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