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