Posts Tagged ‘chianti’

Grifone – Chianti Riserva DOCG – 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

04/13/2018

trader joes, chianti, docg, riserva, 2014, grifone, review, priceApril 13, 2018

This is a medium-bodied wine which seemed a little harsh at first, but smoothed 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 still a good red table wine pairing well with food.  It’s an acceptable sipper also, although there are more enjoyable ones, but not at this price point.

Price $5.99.

DaVinci Chianti – 2015 – DOCG – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

03/05/2018

trader joes, DaVinci Chianti DOCG 2015, review, priceMarch 5, 2018

This will bring a smile to your face.  Perhaps not a Mona Lisa smile, but a smile nonetheless.

Today’s wine comes from a wine cooperative in the town of Vinci in the Chianti region of Tuscany.

While this is a nice wine with no bad characteristics, there are equally good wines at Trader Joe’s from Tuscany for the same or lower price.  Now, a dollar or two or three isn’t much to quibble about.  But if that’s a consideration, then look further on the shelves.  Otherwise, if you haven’t tried this wine yet, here’s your chance to help the local economy and help support small local businesses as well as enjoy a very nice Chianti.

And if you’re not near a Trader Joe’s, there’s a “wine finder” on their website which will help locate another store near you that sells their wine.  How nice!  And why can’t other wine companies do the same?   Price $9.99.

Adventure Series Chianti – 2016 – DOCG – Wine Review – ALDI

11/17/2017

ALDI, wine, review, price, Chianti, DOCG, 2016November 17, 2017

This is perhaps the best $5 wine you’ll ever have.  For about the last year or two the very good Tuscan wines ALDI used to stock have been missing from the shelves.  I was pretty happy to see this one on my last visit, even if it has the unlikely sounding generic name of Chianti with a further Adventure Series qualifier.  What gives, where are the nice Italian names on the bottle that I usually can’t pronounce?

The wine is: a medium-dark red color, mildly dry in the mouth with gentle tannins, medium bodied, has no bad tastes, and has little aroma in the glass. There’s nothing outstanding about this wine except that there’s also absolutely nothing bad about this wine. Because it’s a mild inoffensive wine, it should make a good sipping wine for anyone liking a red wine with these characteristics. It also makes a nice table wine, which should go well with just about any food red wines are generally associated with.  Paired on different occasions with some homemade pizza and lasagna, the wine was a perfect fit.

While most DOCG Chianti wines don’t appear on the shelves for around two years, this wine is a 2016 vintage making it a little young.  However  the wine is perfectly ready for drinking now.  I suppose that’s why it’s on the shelf.

For $4.99 a bottle this is a true bargain. It’s not a WOW! wine, but it’s also not a wine where you’ll find people leaving 3/4 full glasses on the table. Having a party? This should be a safe red wine where your investment in several bottles will not go to waste.

Santa Bachelli Chianti DOCG – 2011 – Wine Review – ALDI

02/01/2013

ALDI_SantaBachelliChianti_DOCG2011To be fair, the cork was compromised.
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Galadino Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2009 – Wine Review – ALDI

01/12/2013

ALDI_GalladinoChiantiClassicoDOCG2009FrontThis is another winner on the ALDI wine shelf.

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Gonfalone Chianti DOCG – 2010 – Wine Review – ALDI

12/30/2012

ALDI-GonfaloneChianti2010_DOCGA year later, does the new wine hold up?

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Gonfalone Chianti DOCG – 2009 – Wine Review – ALDI

11/24/2011

Like the sardines, I walked past this for months.  The difference?  This smells a whole lot better.

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Il Valore – Chianti Riserva – 2006 – Marchese De Petri – DOCG – TJ – Wine Review

08/03/2011

This is the first Italian DOCG wine that’s somewhat of a disappointment.  Not bad, but doesn’t live up to its brothers.

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Gaetano D’Aquino Chianti DOCG – 2009 – Wine Review

02/26/2011

Here’s another place to save 80 cents towards your kid’s college education.  But you might want to save both the 80 cents and the wine for a couple of years.

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Gaetano D’Aquino Chianti Riserva – 2006 – DOCG

01/22/2011

Seal and all, this is about the highest classification for wines in Italy.  e Garantita – guaranteed.  And it’s still only $5.79.

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