Bibbiano, Di Fattoria, DOCG Chianti Classico, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2012
This wine: possibly varietal sangiovese, but may include up to 20% of canaiolo, coloroni and approved international varieties, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, The Co-operative, £10 (06/17)
Consumer tasting note: can’t fault the Co-operative for value for money – this effort shows ripe red cherry, quite toasty with a little spice, with a touch of cold cooked strawberry; medium bodied with fresh acidity and moderate tannins, with red cherry, raspberry, toast and a touch of almond. A medium length. Decant for 20-30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of slightly high-toned ripe red cherry edged with toast, a little spice, touch of sweet oak, touch of cooked strawberry, dried herbs, a little red currant jelly, touch of peony, hint of vanilla, hint of beeswax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe red cherry, ripe raspberry, touch of toast and sweet oak, red currant jelly, touch of almond. A medium length, with a clean lightly grippy finish of red berries with a touch of almond at the end.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh acidity and moderate tannins with alcohol; decent intensity throughout, concentration a little dilute, showing some complexity from time in wood and bottle, with secondary oak-derivative and tertiary cooked berry and nutty hints. A modest length with a fresh finish.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging – whilst balanced now, intensity, concentration and length do not support further cellaring, though it will hold for a year, two at most.