The Sour Grape

Piccini Chianti Classico 2009

This bargain Chianti has just enough class to poke its head above the crowd of Chianti on the supermarket shelves.

This bargain Chianti has just enough class to poke its head above the crowd of Chianti on the supermarket shelves.

Italians will speak all misty eyed about Barolo “the world’s greatest wine!” and who’s to say they’re wrong? But Chianti’s undeniably Italy’s most famous wine and humble pasta just isn’t the same without it. Fresh sour cherry and raspberry aromas mingle with the cedar wood, cigar box and tobacco leaf combo so evocative of Chianti. Baked red fruits (raspberry, cranberry, sour cherry) mingle with a clean acidity and silky integrated tannins on the palate, that still possess some protein lovin’ grip. The medium finish is refreshingly clean and fruit forward before tobacco leaf creeps back in as it fades. This is a solid decent quality Chianti, not the jaw-dropping showstopper Chianti’s capable of producing; but this is entry-level table wine and priced accordingly and far better than most cheaply priced ones out there. Ok at full price, a bargain on offer at £6.99 from Tesco’s (full price £9).

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