Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2006

Panzano, Tuscany, £10.20, cork seal
I purchased this at Heathrow Airport a while ago. I'm not sure if it's available in Hong Kong, but I'd assume it would be somewhere. Not much to say about this - Chianti Classico, old school label, twelve months in Slovenian oak. The oregano in the picture is also from Italy so feeling just a tad cool.

Nice colour this; it's crimson and dark, oh yeah and nice smell. There are aromas of boysenberry, cherry and chassis, but it's also very floral; it really does have a beautiful and seductive nose. Dry, with a palate dominated by cherry, earthiness and hints of mocha. There's a slight green, bitter streak, but it's balanced by plenty of delicious sweet fruit. I gave this a good decant and every aspect seemed to show well; perfectly integrated alcohol, fine tannins, fresh acidity and a lingering finish. In a few ways this is a bit of a yin and yang proposition; a seductive floral nose balanced with a rich, earthy palate, while its bitterness is countered by gorgeous sweet fruit. I love this wine; I've drunk a lot of OK Italian stuff recently and this brings it back to what it's all about; Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2006 comes highly, highly recommended.

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