Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2009 Wine Review (NW)
Spicy cherry with blackberry jam notes on the nose
Full bodied on the palate
Savory, earthy finish that's full and layered with tobacco and raspberry
This wine has been consistently good for at least a decade. It has been at the forefront of the richer, more extracted style evolution of Chianti Classico that has taken hold in recent years. Ever since the requirement for white blending grapes was lifted and the Sangiovese percentages loosened, Chianti Classico has been steadily improving and this dense, juicy, extracted style has emerged as the wine of choice. In fact, in blind tastings, many Classicos are now mistaken for Brunello which shows the potential for this region.
While Barone Ricasoli makes a number of very good reds, this is a consistent and widely distributed offering. It's great young, but also cellars for at least 10 years. I'm still drinking the 2003, which hardly tastes older than this 2009. Try to find a deal, though, as prices have crept up over the $20 mark. While no longer a bargain, it's good juice. Raise a glass!