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!
smooth
needs to sit a bit
smooth at first
tangy toward end
Smells nice
Comflery

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 thewineman.co.uk:

” 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.”