Wine Review David Ridge joins Ken Gargett to discuss some great Italian Chianti Reds - Episode 18 Posted by Spitbucket | 7th February 2011 | 2,045 views

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Wine importer, David Ridge joins Ken Gargett to share his passion for Italian Wine. David educates us on the Chianti wines and even gives Ken a lesson or two!

In this episode we review two Chianti wines:

1 - Sangervasio Chianti Sangiovese 2008
2 - Fattoria...


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Elie | 46 Months ago

Ross, When I visited Italy late last year I did see plenty of Chianti wine under 10 euro, most failed to deliver anything more thn a one dimentional boring flavour.

However I did come across some intresting Chianti wines in Florance, and most were between 15 and 30 euro.

As you said though it is a case of you get what you pay for and also the fact that many of the wines I tried in Florance we won't get them in Australia and would presume the same for the USA?

Cheers,
Elie.

@Elie Elie, we get quite a bit of Italian wines here in the U.S. - producers and quality
runs the gamut.

As I mentioned, I normally go first to zones other than the Chiantis when I'm
buying sangiovese - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montalcino. I've had
some good sangiovese from Emilia Romagna, and from Le Marche, blended with montepulciano.

I love Brunello, but now we're back to a much higher price point, at which you
can definitely also find great Chianti. But this episode has got me thinking that
perhaps I should go back and revisit some of the mid tier classicos.

--Ross

Ross | 46 Months ago

@Elie I love the Montepulciano wines and think they have more to offer thn Chianti. Also forgot to mention that I was talking about Chianti Classico and not just Chianti.

Elie | 46 Months ago

Ross | 46 Months ago

Thanks guys!

Italian sangiovese may very well be my favorite grape, though the Chianti zones
not necessarily my favorite for it.

I feel this is a wine where "you get what you pay for" truly comes into play.
In the past I've had too many inexpensive Chiantis which were rather out of balance-
gritty tannins overpowering the fruit, or somewhat flabby wines with not enough
acidity.

On the other hand, a 2004 Castello Di Ama I had a couple of months back was
outstanding, exhibiting the dry tannins, cherry fruit, and acidity I believe
show a well made sangiovese. That, though, was over U.S. $50

I truly love this style of wine, which is probably why I typically look to Italy
more than any other region.

Cheers -- Ross

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