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Chianti Classico: Characterful Wines at Value Prices

What I love about Chianti, besides the value prices, are the reliably high acidities, tart red fruit, and savory elements, suggestive of herbs like tarragon, and aromas reminiscent of a forest hike. These characteristics, when combined with food typical of the region–rich pastas, tomato based sauces and braised meats–create unbeatable pairings. For me, these wines truly represent the soul of Tuscany, reminding me of walks in its olive groves and memorable meals in which the wine and food combine to create sublime moments of true satisfaction. Continue reading

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Chianti: Vast Region Makes Vast Improvements

Quality improvement has been the watchword for most of the wine world over the past few decades. As a result, those of us who love wine have access to better wines, from virtually all regions, than we’ve ever had before. A vast, region-wide example of conscious planning to make better wines is the huge project the leading organization of Chianti producers in Italy, the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, launched nearly 25 years ago. Continue reading

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2011 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Tasting

Barolos, Brunellos and Barbarescos from 2004 and 2006, vintages I’ve already been very much enjoying, stood out for me at this tasting, as did Amarones from 2005 and 2006. I note that my list of those I rated the highest is dominated by the big wines, like Barolos and Amarones, which I suppose is to be expected. I therefore want to first mention some of the more unusual wines that I really liked, that didn’t quite merit 92 points in my mind, but that were excellent for their type. Those include a balanced and delicious rosé Franciacorta sparkling wine from Berlucchi Guido–the NV Cuvee Storica ’61; the best Italian Gewurztraminer I’ve tasted–the ’09 Elena Walch from Alto Adige; and a remarkably poised and classy Soave, the ’08 Prà Soave Classico Staforte. Continue reading

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