Thursday, September 26, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Italian Red, Tuscany - 2011 Il Pozzo Chianti Rùfina

We are having a little work done around our house (just replacing 90% of the flooring - from ugly tile and uglier carpet to awesome tile and hardwood floors).  On one of the nights we couldn't stand anymore take-out food, we moved our stove out of our living room, back to our kitchen with stripped bare floors.  Not having enough time to whip up a gourmet delight, I instead chose a delicacy referred to as Safeway brand frozen meat lasagne.  I had picked up a Chianti Rùfina earlier in the week to go along with our classic Italian feast!  When buying Chianti, it costs a bit more to buy something from a more specific part of Chianti within Italy's Tuscan region - such as a Chianti Classico or Chianti Rùfina, but they will give you a bigger bodied, tastier wine that can stand up better to more highly flavored dishes.  Also, going for a Chianti Riserva level should net you the same results.

Wine: 2011 Il Pozzo Chianti Rùfina
Region: Chianti Rùfina, Tuscany, Italy
Grape Varieties: Sangiovese
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $18.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear (no cloudiness), with a dark red core (center) and a water white rim.
Aroma: Lots of red fruit - mostly cherries, along with a floral note and a bit of oak.
Taste: Full bodied enough to go nicely with our freezer to oven dinner. Nothing overly complex, but tasty and well balanced.

The Grade: I give this one a B+. Overall a good wine, but I expected a bit more - I am not sure how the 2011 vintage was for the Chianti region, but it may not have been the best due to a heat wave that showed up before harvest.  Still a good wine for $18, but I've found that for Chianti's you may need to get closer to $25 a bottle for something special.

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