A New day in Chianti? The Brancaia Chianti Classico 2006
Slurped: The mouth feel reveals a sumptuous expression of coffee, dark fruits, medium in weight, with a nice offset between the fruit and herbal characteristics which makes the wine very appealing as a drink now and drink often type of wine. It has wonderfully integrated tannins and sufficient acid carries this unusually fruit-forward but elegant Chianti, that's just now hitting it's stride.
What's in it?: In this wine you find a wonderful blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot.
Full Disclosure: So if you're wondering how I was able to get my hands on a bottle, well the fine folks at the Hess Collection who are the importers of this fine wine sent a sample for the review process. This is not my first time to the rodeo either when it comes to vino from Brancaia, whose wines will seduce you over and over with their elegant charms.
Price and Purchase: Okay ya bunch of wino-tics [trust me, this is a real word] grabbing some of this wine is going to be a little tougher than I thought, as it is not sitting on any shelf just waiting for you to come and get it. This Chianti is a bit on the expensive side as Chianti's go, not the QPR winner I hoped it would be, however, for the caliber of wine, it's still a good value for $29 to $32.
Brick & Mortar: For the folks in the San Diego market, I spoke with the San Diego Wine Company and with Vintage Wines Limited of San Diego who both said they would order it for you, but you would need to speak with them regarding the arrangements of acquiring this wine. For the LA crowd, you can pick up this vino at Tarzana Wine & Spirits or at Fine Wine House [but I would call first].
My Recommendation: Because of the situation this wine is in, it may mean splitting a case with a friend or a few friends, who love a Chianti Classico like you do or maybe you could talk your favorite wine store into acquiring a few cases as a wise move to accommodate their customers. Whatever you do, I want to highly recommend this modern style of Chianti Classico to you, please give it a swirl and let me know your thoughts, I don't believe you will be disappointed. Until next time sip long and prosper.
What's the Score: Hey point seekers here's my score if your interested: This wine scored 90 points on the CCWB's 100 point scale and the QPR is good, but not great. Another very well made wine worthy of a place in your cellar or at a Tuscan inspired dining experience near you.
Other Voices: In case you need another opinion about this wine that I've found most tasty, I give you Mr. James Suckling formerly with the WS [Wine Spectator] had this to say about the 2006 Brancaia Chianti Classico, "Shows plenty of crushed blackberry and cherry, with hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins that turn to vanilla and raspberry on the finish." and recommends to drink [I think it's peaking now] now through 2014 and gave this wine a score of 91pts.