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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wine of the Week: 2007 Poggio Basso Chianti Classico Riserva

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” – Arnold Bennett 

Many times in the course of selling wine to the public; I find that the average vino-sapien is quite opposed to change. Far too many folks from my perspective seem to want/need the same "Wine-Experience" over and over. When I do offer an alternative; like the wine you see in the picture above, they run-away away shrieking in horror [just a slight bit of exaggeration, but you get the picture].

And why? Oh-because some folks simply can't not imagine taking a wine-risk. They run willy-nilly back to the comfort of the same formulaic brand they've become use to and know well. That fact is one of the saddest things I hear coming from the lips of folks who I know dig wine like I do; but they're just too scared or far too comfortable to venture through the door of discovery. 

Hell, they won't even dip a toe in the pool; especially if the price of the wine veers over their perception of the reasonable-range. For crying-out-loud people it's just a bottle of wine, not a life-time altering event. But maybe, just maybe it could be, hmm ponder the possibilities. 

I popped the cork on this rustic beauty just last night a delicious classic style of Chianti Classico; which went [paired] amazingly well with a gorgeous classic Margherita Pizza Mrs. Cuvee and I dined upon last night.

The wine was the perfect accompaniment, just playing some nice base tones in the background, while at the same time enhancing the epicurean experience. The wine sells most places for a SRP of $20 and I gave it a score of 90 points making it a QPR star.

It’s sad, but most folks have almost knee jerk reaction to Chianti. The first thought which comes to mind, is that of the wicker basket bottles. But don't let that false perception stop you. Because like we say about women here in America, "you've come along way baby" the same can be said about Chianti Classico. These wines have evolved far past the point of the simplistic table wines of the seventies. 

I'd anyone to just take the time to investigate what Chianti has to offer the average vino-sapien. Many will find many good to very-good producers; who I know if given the chance, will help change many minds and hearts about these very tasty, yet truly authentic Tuscan wines.

The Poggio Basso is a well executed wine with has "classic" written all over it, 100% Sangiovese goodness from the first splash in my glass to the very last drop. A stinky nose, which made me think rich dry earth, cracked, sun-beaten leather and fruit all, came together at some point. After the first splash, polished tannins and dried fruits reminding me of dark plums dark red-cherries and, yes you could taste the pit.

A small factoid about Italy’s most planted grape known as Sangiovese. It’s a small [smaller the better] dark-berried grape and, one that has really become synonymous with the majority of the red wines from the Tuscany region. But of course not everyone plants the same clone of Sangiovese, so that said never forget clones matter.


Weighing in at just 13% abv and nicely textured, this wine made for the perfect food pairing partner. While we chose pizza, I could imagine seeing this wine pair nicely with large variety Italian recipes. Okay I'm done pontificating so until next folks remember, life is short so sip long and prosper cheers!

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