The Sour Grape

Barone Ricasoli ‘Rocca Guicciarada’ Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

A good quality table Chianti Classico

The first Chianti I’ve tried from Sainsbury’s ‘fine wine’ selection and once again I’m impressed with the quality/price ratio wines from Chianti have been offering up lately. That said, without a solid recommendation I’d trade up in price with Chianti to be safe.


This wine has a medium ruby colour with a garnet rim; ripe sour red cherry, leather, cedar, cinnamon and tea leaf aroma. On the palate there’s a bright crunchy acidity and sour cherry fruit before settling in with finely woven moleskin like tannins. Vanilla, violet, tobacco and tealeaf characteristics permeate the medium length finish. This is classic Chianti Classico and even at this young age starting to show signs of development. I’m not sure the tannins are there to mature this wine for many more years, but it should continue to soften out the slightly bracing acidity. For now more of a food wine, as Chianti often is, but a good one for £13 on offer (£15 full price).

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