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Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2004

Wine: Castello Banfi

Type:Chianti Classico Riserva

Origin: Italy

Year: 2004

Cost: $14.99

Rating: 7/10

Value: 4/10

Alcohol: 13%

Our opinion:


So after our glass of Tin Shed Shiraz, which as amazing, we selected a Chianti Classico off a wine list at the Antrim 1844 ( to go with our dinner. We were prepared to lay down $45 for this 2001 Riserva, but they pulled the “ol switcheroo” on us, and brought this 2004 out on us.

I don’t know if this had anything to do with the fact that the previous glass of wine was so perfect, but this wine just did nothing for us. We tried to convince ourselves it was good, due to the fact that we were paying quite a bit for it, but neither of us were really falling for it.

It was easy to drink, light, lacked flavor, lacked a nose, and the taste (what little of one there was) fell off sharply as soon as it hit your palate. Maybe we had a bad bottle, because other reviewers seem to think it’s a nice buy. But in our opinion, don’t bore yourself. Not for $14. And certainly not for the $42 we paid for it!!


Winemaker’s notes:

Grape Varieties: Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon

“Chianti may well be the single best-known wine in the world – historically celebrated, universally revered and enjoyed over centuries. Produced from select grapes grown in the “Classico” region of Chianti between Siena and Florence, this aristocratic Tuscan wine has reached new heights in Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva. After aging two years in Slavonian oak casks, this elegant, well-balanced wine has flavors of vanilla, cocoa and spice.

An honored red wine, Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva is a fine gourmet accompaniment to red roasts, pastas and cheese.”

Others Say:

“Another award winning wine from the Banfi Vinyard. Smooth but yet tasteful, not too tanic, well blended. Great choice to compliment your dinner with a light red wine.”

“Round, subtle and elegant, typical of a full-bodied Chianti Classico. Ruby-red in color with an intense vanilla and licorice bouquet.”

2006 Casalino Chianti Classico

Wine: Casalino

Type: Chianti Classico

Origin: Italy

Year: 2006

Cost: $14.99

Alcohol: 13%

Rating: 8/10

Value: 7/10

Our opinion:

Yum! I’ve been dying to buy a Chianti Classico for ages, but between the two of us, I’m the only one convinced they are worth it. Generally you cannot find a “classico” at the $10 and under mark, so it’s really a splurge for us cheapos. I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember exactly what this one cost, but it was in the upper end of the 11-15 dollar range. It could have been 16. I’ll have to go back and buy more to find out (oh well….). We got it at Corridor in Laurel, just like the rest of our stash.

We drank this one a few nights ago so my memory isn’t fresh. We must have gotten too drunk afterwards to review it but I will tell you that I remember it being really good. Here’s how I know…. we took “notes” on a todo list. Kosta interviewed me about the wine and my response was “I LIKE IT!” So that’s what’s written first, followed by a feeble attempt to describe it in better detail, followed by some unintelligible scribble and finally some swear words. No drunk review is ever complete with out the words “mother f**ker”.. … right?

“I like it!
needs to sit a bit
smooth at first
tangy toward end
Smells nice

cowwardl a
great Chianti
mother f**keeer

Side note:

I’ve had some chiantis in the cheaper range (< $10) and been very disappointed. This one had the right balance of tannins and dark fruit. Yay for sangiovese. I fell in love with Chianti Classicos in Italy, where they were cheap. If you ever stumble upon a Machiavelli Chianti Classico, have a glass for me. I haven’t looked it up here in the states yet… but I remember the 10 euro price tag in Italy seemed steep next to the others at 2-5 euro a bottle, and that’s the only reason I didn’t bring some home!

This wine is a yummy classico, buy and enjoy. And if you find a cheaper one that’s as good… please, comment.

Others Say:


” From a careful selection of Sangiovese grapes grown on the Fattoria Casalino estate near Siena, owned by Bonacchi. This wine carries the Gallo Nero seal on the neck of the bottle. Ruby red in colour, the wine is soft, harmonious and velvety with a fruity bouquet reminiscent of violets.”

“Serve: At 18-20C to accompany roast meats, game and cheese. Open the bottle 1 hour before pouring.”