Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Nose of black cherry and sweet spices

Bright cherry and leather on the palate

Finishes smoothly with berries, ash, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla

I could make this my house Chianti this year! This is a nice wine, with a full flavor profile and interesting layers. In fact, I bought a few bottles already at the terrific price of $13. The reference price is $24, but I typically see it on shelves for $17-19. When I found it for $13, I couldn't help but stock up.

This is a riserva and definitely a step up from a basic Chianti Classico. Look for riserva bottlings when you don't mind paying a couple extra bucks. Lately, they've been worth the additional cost, especially from the 2001, 2003, and 2004 vintages. Raise a glass!

1 comment:

Richard said...

Rocca Delle Macie produces consistently good Chianti and has many labels spanning its network of growths throughout Tuscany. The Reserva 2004 is a good wine with depth and roundness. It may lack that final degree of complexity and restraint of the very best. However having paid Euro 11 each for 6 bottles direct from the estate it represents excellent value. The very friendly staff at Rocca are knowledgable and will allow tastings of all their range in agreeable surroundings.