The Chianti region of Tuscany makes wines that range from value priced to true luxury.
At the low end, one can find bulk-produced reds and whites that carry the IGT label – indicazione geografica tipica – which indicates a better wine but still among the more common efforts. These usually sell for much less than the more regulated wines, so price is the reason we pay attention to these easy drinking wines.
That noted, I tried the lower-priced 2010 Vecchia Cantina Chianti and was wildly impressed. The wine’s cherry color is matched by its cherry aroma, with a bit of tobacco close by. The mouth has a snap that all Chiantis should have, and the finish is balanced and reasonably long.
The tannins are a bit high, and this blend of 90 percent sangiovese and 10 percent canaiolo shows off the expected style of a good Chianti. What isn’t expected is the price, as this red with all of its history, reputation and renown is less than $9 a bottle. To find it, contact Wines LLC in Eastlake.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.