Oh, my beloved Chianti, how I was prepared to love you. I was not prepared to have to deliver a not-enthusiastic review. I am a huge chianti fan. I was in love with this one, just from the label. Look at it. The dude’s ready to go lop off heads, kick ass, and take names. In the medieval armor as well! I was hoping that meant delicious anarchy in a glass. Instead, it was merely officious tasting slightly like ass.
OK. I picked up this bottle at Aldi. Like my favorite Winking, Leering Owl wine, it is an Aldi exclusive. It was also only $4.99, a steal for chianti. I now wish I had stuck with the Winking Owl. Oh well, you live, you learn. You drink this with spinach and bean salad, and oh boy, your esophagus will burn.
This chianti, upon being uncorked and allowed to breathe for a full hour, didn’t have a welcoming aroma to it. It smelled more like apple cider vinegar overload. And pungent, but not in a good, pig-roast type of way. More like “I wash my windows with this, you should now drink it, despite the fact that I washed my windows with it”, type of wafting odor. It tastes of plum, cherry, red raspberry, and not a strong presence. The bouquet will knock you out, but the taste doesn’t linger for long. The first drink, you have a good taste, then it fades rather quickly and uneventfully. if you’re eating the infamously uneventful Mama Cozzi pizza, then this would work well with that. It doesn’t work well with much else. I tried a second glass chilled, and that helped a little. Two stars because of the awesome label, the awesome price for a chianti, and because it maintains a good balance on glass one. After that, it doesn’t assert itself, doesn’t come out with the flavors you yearn for despite breathing, and doesn’t fire up the senses, so that’s where the appreciation ends. If you’re hard up for a cheap chianti, this will do, but don’t expect a Ruffino type of chianti, it definitely isn’t the case(It’s Aldi, so you shouldn’t expect that, but at least a little bit more satisfaction here would be great).