Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Italian Chianti - 2009 Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva

At my first ever Italian wine tasting many, many years ago, our host with a wonderful Italian accent advised us - "When you eat the Italian food, you drink the Italian wine."  I used this wisdom on a night when I was making Scott Conant's spaghetti recipe (he gets $24 for the stuff, and some day I want to compare mine to his!). 


Wine: 2009 Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Grape Varieties: Sangiovese
Obtained from: Purchased Online at Ultimate Wine Shop
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: The wine is clear, light red in color with a water white rim.
Aroma: Lots of cherry and strawberry fruit, and bit of forest floor/underbrush note.
Taste: Nicely balance, with a good dose of acidity to stand up to a tomato based spaghetti sauce.

The Grade: I give this one an A.  In my experience it is not easy to find a really good Chianti for less than $25, and this is one I really like for a bit less coin than that. 

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