Gina Chianti DOCG

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2009
Prato, Italy

So this is the only chianti I picked from BevMo!’s 33% off sale (shocking, I know). I just love a good, honest chianti. Not afraid to be a little acidic, or tannic, or a little punchy in the finish. Maybe it doesn’t have the finesse of a pinot or the bold structure of a cabernet, but chianti doesn’t care: it’s humble, it’s flavorful, it’s salt of the earth — and proud of it.

Gina’s delicious example is easy on the acidity, so maybe it’s not exactly what I think of when I hear the word “chianti,” but it’s somehow still true to its roots. Super inky, but not super thick. Juicy, ripe boysenberries and plums. Mmmm. Nice, long, leathery finish with that piquant tartness that tickles the back part of your tongue. It is literally mouthwatering. And there’s that shadow of moldy soil that echoes aftterwards, too…what a curious and tantalizing place for my tastebuds to go. It’s a journey in every glass.

Currently available at BevMo! for $17; it was a lot cheaper before February 6, 2012 — and I wish I had stocked up.

 

One Comment

  1. Posted March 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    I was looking for more info on where the vineyards are located for the Gina Chianti when I came across your marvelous website. I like the website name as well as your excellent write ups. Because you like this Chianti so much you are probably aware that it is part of BevMo’s 5-Cent Wine Sale, so don’t despair that you didn’t stock up earlier!

    Cheers, Sally (of Sally’s Wine Cellar)

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