100% Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy.
SRP of $15 and available for $9.89 at Costco.
From the bottle:
“Style: A deliciously concentrated example of Chianti Classico, this has dark ruby colour and rich notes of black cherry, fruitcake and plum on the palate.
Serving: Serve this wine at room temperature. It makes a versatile partner for lots of savoury dishes, but do try it above all with meaty pasta dishes, roast game or poultry and mature cheeses.
Keeping: This wine has been released ready to drink, but it will evolve well over the next twenty four months, softening and mellowing with maturity. Store in a cool, dark and dry place.
About This Wine: The grapes for this wine are 100% Sangiovese. This wine was aged in Slavonian oak casks for 12 months to add extra richness and body.
We’re a big fan of the deals to be had at Costco, so today we’re eager to share our latest find. As we’ve mentioned before Chianti can be confusing with all the different designation and subregions. Today’s wine is a Chianti Classico, which is basically a step up from your average Chianti. However, as we always advise I wouldn’t concentrate too much on designations — what really matters is whether you like the wine.
The 2010 Basilica Cafaggio Single Estate Chianti Classico begins with pleasant aromas of sour cherry, baking spice, a little leather and cranberry. Tasting reveals more sour but juicy cherry and lovely spice notes featuring hints of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s all wrapped up in an extremely tasty, smooth and silky texture. The wine ends dry with a good dose of spice followed by lingering juicy tart fruit. It holds up just fine on day 2. This one is tailor made for pizzas and pastas and it might just be the best $10 Chianti Classico we’ve ever tasted!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.