Every so often I’ll buy a bin-end wine to hopefully give it one last shot at stardom. This Chianti is pretty old and perhaps over the hill. In the glass it is medium garnet with high viscosity (13% ABV). The nose shows it’s age- stewed plum, baked cherry, dried herbs, porcini mushrooms, a touch of vanilla and coconut along with some coffee. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium tannins that are pretty well integrated. The fruit notes are somewhat subdued and center around tart cherry pie with some baking spices and vanilla. The stewed/cooked nature of the fruit is not as pronounced on the palate as the nose. The body is medium in weight and carries through to a shortish finish. It’s not a bad drop all things considered as I only paid $11 for it. List was originally $22. As for a score- 88 points from me and a drink by 2024 window, it’s getting tired and the structure won’t hold up much more. 4 stars considering what I paid. I found this Sangiovese online for $14 for current vintages. Salut….
Marchesi Antinori Santa Cristina 2014, Chianti Superiore DOCG Tuscany, Italy
31 Wednesday May 2023