Another bottle from the 2009 vintage
Just a quick note before the holiday weekend. With the warmer and more humid weather this week we have enjoyed several bottles of Chianti in an effort to turn towards lighter wines. The 2009 Il Brunone, Chianti Classico is actually quite structured. A structured, tannic wine can be the last thing I want to drink on a warm evening but this bottle bears rugged tannins. They impart a youthful character and help the wine stand up to grilled cheeseburgers. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2009 Il Brunone, Chianti Classico – $17
Imported bt Shaw-Ross International Importers. This wine is a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo that underwent alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel, malolactic fermentation in cement vats, then was aged 12-18 months in large casks. Alcohol 13.5%. The dark fruited nose matched the slightly robust, dry flavors of dark fruit in the mouth. This is a textured wine from the rugged tannins which provide a dry structure throughout. The fruity component bears some weight before the dark, dry, and slightly bitter finish. With air the wine turns a touch tart while also offering dry, floral flavors. **(*) Now – 2019.