Saturday, January 31, 2009

2004 Vigna Vecchia Chianti Classico

Tasted today at CoolVines Princeton Saturday tasting, and this is a great chianti for the money. 90% sangiovese with 10% merlot, this great QPR is drinking very nice right now, and still have several years ahead of it. I'm assuming that these were open for a little while, because this wine was still not the least bit on the tight side, however, you could still tell that this was a young wine, thinning towards the rim. Lots of plum and dark druits on the nose, with slight hints of unidentifiable spice and a hint of anise and clove. On the palate, more black fruits shine through with a nice old world feel. The finish is a little short and thin, but still a pleasure to drink. Lots of wood on the palate as well, but not overwhelming. It was actually rather enjoyable. You can also really taste the merlot standing out, which is rather surprising based on the fact that it only has a 10% share in this wine. This is a great every day wine for the money, and one to make me drink more Chianti. Drink now or hold as this should develope at least another 5 years. 87 points.

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