Recommendation: OK Chianti; inexpensive is it’s best feature.
Winery/Producer: F.LLI Bellini; Rufina, Italy.
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Geographic Region, Appellation: Chianti; Tuscany, Italy.
Price: $8.79 (with a 20% of discount)
Purchased From: Total Wine; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Paired With: Chicken cacciatore, green salad with olive oil and garlic dressing.
He said: Dark ruby red color. Light damp earth aromas with the slightest hint of fruit. MELLOW, slightly fruity taste and a somewhat dry finish. It’s not great, but for $8.79 I would have to say it’s “not bad” as a house wine. Most Chianti at this price point is sharp and flavorless…this is much better than that. Although it went VERY well with the chicken cacciatore, I like Chianti much dryer. It tastes like there is a lot of Merlot in the blend, but in the end I would recommend it only because it’s not bad and very inexpensive.
She said: According to the label this wine is a “red table wine” and I think that describes it better than “Chianti”. It has little aroma and only a slight fruit flavor, but maybe medium body as the label states. The label also says “polished tannins”? What are they? I have no idea especially since tannins were not a major part of the tasting experience. The wine seamed a bit smooth and sweet and the finish was fairly long but not particularly good. It went well with the red pasta sauce, and OK with the salad and at $8.79 it was a bargain.