It’s not exactly big Chianti season, but it’s what I was in the mood for, so there you have it.
Sangiovese and Merlot from vineyards in the Sienese region of Chianti Classio.
2012 Fattorie Melini Terrarossa Chianti Classico DOCG 13.5%
A: Medium black-cored ruby no signs of oxidation
N: rich, plummy/black cherry, slight vanilla, dried violets
T: full and soft, plum and cherry front- to mid-palate
F: fairly soft tannins, licorice, mint, subtle dried violets
It’s Chianti, all right, but nothing special.
Super-easy-drinking but there is little here to excite to sustain interest. What makes the best mid-priced Chianti exciting is overt secondary characteristics. Those are here—suppressed and obscured by a new-world ripe, plummy fruit—but not present enough to keep me interested. Don’t get me wrong, this is plenty tasty. For $20 I want more depth and engaging character.