Sunday, April 24, 2011

Guarniente Chianti '08

Here's a great little Chianti called Guarniente from Buccia Nera via importer Maximum Wine Co. It's very soil driven aromas of underbrush, cherry compote and a subtle hint of smoke give way to bright cherryish fruit in the mouth while a distinct minerality adds complexity. This beautiful Chianti has much more body than you expect at this price point and enough underlying acidity to give it shape. The finish is long and smooth. Fermented in stainless steel using wild yeast and organically grown grapes, this wine yields a lot of pleasure for not much money. It retails at my local store for a mere $10.99. I've really not had many Chiantis in this price range that have so much character and complexity. Impressive!

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