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Santa Margherita Chiant Classico Riserva 2011

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Bottled by S.M.T Greve; Chianti, Italy.

Grape Variety: Sangiovese.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Chianti Clasico; Italy

Vintage: 2011

Price: $23.85

Purchased From: Ralphs Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.

Paired With: Chicken cooked in home made sauce of roasted tomatoes, bow-tie pasta and lettuce from the garden with blue cheese dressing.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened 30-minutes before drinking. Dark, slightly opaque, garnet with tints of purple color and the same color rim. Very light wifey aroma of ripe fruit. Traditional DRY taste, but plenty of juicy, fruity flavors and a long finish that carries the dryness on and on. It’s “Not bad” Chianti Classico, but at the $23.85 that we paid I think it’s way over priced. Good with the roasted tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese and OK drinking after the dinner, but nothing special or noteworthy and at the $24 price point there is better value Chianti Classico, even in the grocery store wine section.

    She said: Ruby red, almost opaque, with lots of thin speedy legs. Since Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio is so popular I looked forward to having their Chianti. It was similar in quality and price in that it was a very drinkable Chianti but over priced. The mild but slightly sour fruity aroma led to a very nice taste and a nice dry, light bodied, smooth mouth feel with moderate tannins and lots of acidity. The wine had a long finish that echoed the best features of their wine. Good pairing with the tomato pasta dish and a very a nice wine but expensive at $24. There are OURSTANDING Chiantis available at about this price or a little bit more.

    The black rooster seal of the Consorzio Chianti Classico

    Comments:

Alcohol: 13.5%

UPC Code: 0 86891 07766 6

Imported by: Terlato Wines International; Lake Bluff, Illinois.