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


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.


Il Tarocco Chianti Classico – 2014 – DOCG – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

il_taroccoDecember 10, 2016

This is another fine wine from Italy at Trader Joe’s for a very reasonable price considering the quality.  The wine is dry and totally smooth with an earthy mouth feel and enough bite/character to separate this from a lesser Chianti.  This is possibly the most enjoyable wine I’ve had in 2016.

You may ask, what does the word Classico add to a Chianti? Chianti Classico specifically refers to an official area within the Chianti region of Italy. That specific area was also the first in what’s now the Chianti region to attempt to define and regulate its wine. Being the first to define the Chianti wine, and predating the official Italian regulations, the wine gets to wear the “classic” designation.  Along with the geographical requirements, a Chianti Classico wine has a different set of production regulations which separate a Classico from the standard Chianti designation.  After that it’s up to the skill and pride of the winemaker to produce a quality product. In this bottle, there is an overabundance of skill and pride producing a very very nice wine.  Price $9.99.

Galadino Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2009 – Wine Review – ALDI


ALDI_GalladinoChiantiClassicoDOCG2009FrontThis is another winner on the ALDI wine shelf.


Gonfalone Chianti DOCG – 2010 – Wine Review – ALDI


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


Gonfalone Chianti DOCG – 2009 – Wine Review – ALDI


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


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


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


Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano – 2007 – DOCG – Incanto – TJ – Wine Review


It’s been awhile since the cork popped out of a bottle of wine from Trader Joe’s.  And since there no early morning meeting tomorrow at work, here’s a late night long overdue wine review.


Aquila D’Oro Chianti DOCG – 2009 – Wine Review


What difference does 80 cents make?  Here’s a DOCG Chianti for $4.99.  That’s 80 cents less than my favorite (to date) Chianti.  Should you save that 80 cents for your kid’s college education?  Read on.


Gaetano D’Aquino Chianti Riserva – 2006 – DOCG


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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