From the Tuscany region of Italy, Banfi Chianti Classico is a well-known Chianti from the Banfi Tuscany brand. This review is of the Banfi Chianti Classico DOCG 2011. This red wine is primarily made from Sangiovese but also has Cabernet Sauvignon and Canaiolo Nero in its blend.
The vineyards for this wine are located in the Chianti Classico zone which is between Florence and Siena. According to the tasting specs, the soil in this area is “calcareous and well-structured.” Also, the specs stated that fermentation takes place with a traditional skin contact of 8-10 days followed by a short wood aging in large casks of French oak.
Per the bottle, alcohol content of the 2011 Banfi Chianti Classico is 13.5% by volume. Price range about $13.00 to $15.00
Banfi Chianti Classico Review
The wine poured a deep ruby in color with red reflections from the light. It’s a pretty dark wine and very little light shines through. Legs were numerous and slow to fall.
On the nose, Banfi Chianti Classico exhibits a fairly intense aroma which is noticeable well away from the glass. There was a definite whiff of alcohol but it did not overshadow the notes of black cherry and plum. Florals were also noted.
The wine’s taste was of slightly tart cherry with a bit of leather just before the finish. I found it to be a dry wine and not overly complex.
Supple tannins were noticed, mostly on the tongue but also on the whole mouth to a lesser extent.
Finish of the Banfi Chianti Classico was long with a slight residual bitterness.
Overall, I found this to be a good classic Chianti. At the time of writing I think the 2011 may need to age a year or so to mellow out the tannins a bit. But, with food, I think this wine would be just fine. Typical of this varietal, Banfi Chianti Classico would be a good match with pasta with a red meat sauce. Pot Roast as well. Enjoy!
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