I've gotta admit, I fell in love with this wine years ago -- because of the bottle. This sorta round bottle of wine is covered in a straw/wickerish covering. It just screams Italian, and since I love Italian food, this was a match made in heaven.
In fact, I even went so far as to use one of these bottles as a candle holder -- something I learned from a small restaurant when I was in DC. But now I'm married, and if I still had that wax covered bottle of wine on the table, my wife would probably have a aneurysm. So, it's gone, but the fond memories remain.
All this back story leads to the fact, that when I learn about an upcoming Italian meal being made at home, it's the first thing I reach for!
So this weekend when my wife made a delicious lasagna, I had that bottle of wine opened about 30 minutes before the lasagna left the oven.
This 2007 Chianti isn't a great wine and it won't rock your world. But it is a good wine, and has enough tannins to make it perfect for most Italian cooking. I took a whiff, and detected a slight hint of cherries. With the sip I tasted currant and cherries. It's a light wine and goes down easy. But it does have a dry finish that lingers for a while.
Overall a good wine, that's a good value. In order to get more value from the wine, I suggest you use the empty bottle as a candle holder. :)
Price: $$ (Just over $10)