May 15, 2016
I snagged a case of this traditional Chianti at auction for about half the original release price and feel pretty good about the purchase. I’m having a hard time keeping my hands off it. The case arrived Friday. I gave Allen a bottle to aid in his recuperation for having presented Dhakabraka less than three weeks after his Santa Ana Sites project hosted the National Theater of Scotland’s, “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart”. The boy needed a little pick me up. Then I drank most of a bottle with Linda the same night it showed up on our doorstep. Another bottle of the case was dedicated to the visit of my old friend Philip Horn and his family for dinner on Saturday. What a perfect food wine to go with the grilled chicken and vegetables.
The what-can-be-brutal tannins of a typical Chianti have resolved nicely in this bottle. The structure is still there with a bit of dusty minerality, but it is deliciously balanced out by bright, sweet, cherry fruit. That balance between the structural elements and the fruit aspect is the very definition of a food-friendly wine. I couldn’t be happier.
But this case of the 2010 is probably an outlier, as the vintage currently available in retail channels is likely the 2012 or 2013. Either way, the house style of adhering to a traditional, understated style gives me great confidence in recommending any vintage of this wine as the middle-of-the-week, great-with-supper drink.
Isole e Olena, Chianti Classico 2012/13/14.
At any wine shop worth it’s salt. $22-$26