Grifone Chianti Riserva – DOCG – 2010 – Trader Joe’s

Grifone Chianti Riserva 2010

Grifone Chianti Riserva 2010

For $1.50 more and a couple of years more aging I was expecting great things from this wine in comparison to its IGT little brother recently tasted (Grifone Sangiovese IGT 2013).  What I got was at least $1.50 better wine.  But that’s not a bad thing, and just points out how good little brother is.

The main difference between the two wines is that the slight burn in the throat found in little brother is gone.  This Chianti is also more full-bodied in comparison to little brother.  Both are good things, more than justifying the additional $1.50.  And just like little brother, this wine is much better than many of the higher priced wines to be found around it.


For $5.99 this is a pretty incredible wine that’s well worth a try if you like smooth mellow red wines.  When compared with our slightly dated top 10 wine list, this would  slot in as a 1 or 2.  And in looking at that list, I’d have to say, I’ve been slacking in my wine review duties recently.  I’d better crank up the power cork screw more often.

Price $5.99

Grifone Chianti Riserva 2010

Grifone Chianti Riserva 2010


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3 Responses to “Grifone Chianti Riserva – DOCG – 2010 – Trader Joe’s”

  1. Grifone – Chianti Riserva DOCG – 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s | Ain't Found A Good Title Blog Says:

    […] out once opened for a while. Mild tannins leave a mild earthy feel in the mouth.  Compared to the 2010 Grifone Chianti Riserva, this one is a little disappointing.  However, while not as good as the 2010 vintage, this is […]


  2. Pat Says:

    I am in agreement with your assessment of this wine. I have had the 2010 Grifone Chianti Riserva seven times, and each time I was both surprised and impressed. After those seven trials, I decided to buy 5 cases and make it my “house wine” for 2015.

    This wine is full bodied (unusual for Chianti), true to its sangiovese backbone, possessed with typical Chianti “Sweet Tart” acidity, but also with a mellow, velvety carress, and just enough complexity to maintain interest.

    I had the good fortune to live in Italy for four years and thus be well acquainted with its wines. I must say, this is a competent Chianti, punching well above its $5 price point.

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