Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico

Ruffino Aziano

Chianti Classico

2008

(Tuscany, Italy)

On Bottle/Website:

* Ruby red, vibrant & inviting

* Sangiovese based wine from the Chianti Classico region

* Sweet violet, red berries and wild cherries with slightly spicy undertones with hints of rosemary and tobacco

* 13% alcohol

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, ruby/garnet, high concentration, rim variation (ruby on the edges), medium/medium plus viscosity

Nose: clean, medium minus intensity, jammy fruits, raisin, blackberry, raspberries, black cherry, dark fruits

Palate: dry/off-dry (a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste), fruits confirm the nose, tobacco, leather, saddle/cowboy scents (no brett), medium alcohol, medium minus acidity, medium tannins, medium plus finish, medium complexity

I tried this Chianti with a mini-burger and it was too strong for the ground beef.  It would be more suited to a heavy pasta or an Italian dish with spices that can hold up to this wine.  It was also quite fruity without many spices to hold up on its own.

Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico

Castellare di Castellina

Chianti Classico

2009

(Tuscany, Italy)

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On Bottle/Website:

* 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canalolo and 5% Cillegiolo

* 13.5% ABV

* Great aging capability

* Brilliant garnet color

* Red cherries, earth, rose flowers and leather

* Firm, integrated tannins

* Full bodied

* Plenty of spice

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, medium intensity, ruby, medium plus viscosity

Nose: sound/clean, medium intensity, aroma/youthful, plum, red cherries, dried red fruits, hay, spices, cloves, basil

Palate: dry, medium bodied, cranberry, dried red fruits, soil, spices, herbs, medium tannins, medium plus alcohol, medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium plus complexity