Mini-Review- Stefano Farina 2009 Chianti “La Ginestra”

Good Italian wine for around $10…I’m in!  That is exactly what I found when I uncorked a bottle of Stefano Farina 2009 Chianti “La Ginestra”.  This blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo is very balanced with 13% alcohol.  The nose has bright aromas of cherries and strawberries with hints of sweet spice.  The palate comes alive with flavors red cherries, earth, and pepper.  The finish is long and the pepper lingers.  

This is an excellent Chianti for the money.   It offers a beautiful harmony of fruit and spice that tastes like it cost twice as much.  Pair it with grilled pork or pasta with marinara and enjoy this easy drinking Italian red!  Cheers! (B+, $10)

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Mini-Review – Nipozzano Chianti Reserva 2008

There is not much that I find more enjoyable than a perfectly cooked Italian meal along with a stellar bottle of Italian wine.  A few weeks ago, I made homemade linguine and opened a bottle of Nipozzano Chianti Reserva 2008.

This Italian wine is an intense reddish-plum color in the glass.  Aromas of cherry, cocoa, and plum pleasantly mingle together.  The wine tastes of juicy plums, cherries, black pepper, and dark chocolate.  The rich flavors continue in the long, silky finish.  A great value for a classic Chianti.  Grab a bottle, cook something fun, and enjoy over the weekend!

(A-, $24, 13.5% alcohol)

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