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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Banfi Chianti Superiore 2010 - One Terrific Tuscan

Banfi Chianti Superiore 2010 - One Terrific Tuscan
A Superior Chianti Superiore

75% Sangiovese and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy.

SRP of $11 and available for as little as $8. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"A pleasingly smooth and satisfying Chianti with flavors of violets, red berries, cherry and plum. Enjoy with your favorite grilled meat, poultry or pasta. Salute!

13.3% Alcohol"
While we're big fans of Italian wine here at The Reverse Wine Snob, one region we've been lacking is Chianti. Chianti is a large wine area covering most of Tuscany. To carry the Chianti label a wine must meet several requirements including having at least 75% Sangiovese with the remainder made up of one or more of several other approved varieties. There are also a number of different sub-zones, including Superiore, like today's wine. In order to be labeled as Chianti Superiore a wine must meet more stringent requirements than the normal Chianti designation.

The 2010 Banfi Chianti Superiore begins with a very nice aroma of black cherry, plum, a little baking spice, a little earth and some nice floral notes. Looking good so far! Tasting the wine reveals plum + oak + licorice + a bit of spice + a nice dense and velvety texture + dusty tannins = One Terrific Tuscan! Add in good acidity and balance on this medium-bodied wine and you quickly realize this wine is delivering great value for its price. The finish is very nice with good length and features some excellent slightly sour black cherry notes. Pair this wine with a pasta with red sauce and enjoy!

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Taste Rating: 7              Cost Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 7.5


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