Sunday, June 24, 2012

Castello di Verrazzano 2006 And 2009 Chianti Classico,

Castello di Verrazzano 2006 Chianti Classico, $16.99-$22.99, 91 points, and Castello di Verrazzano 2009 Chianti Classico, $16.99-$22.99, 91 points, are the same wine removed by three years, but the price was unusually the same.

Both vintages had the identical garnet color and density, even to the transparent rim.
The aroma was to be vastly different with the 2006 having an aroma of dried black currant, muted clove, and a whiff of alcohol, while the 2009 had hints of plum, date, and sweet spice.
Both vintages were medium-plus bodied with good acidity, but the 2009 had over-blown tannin, and the 2006 had tannin having settled down to a smooth power and good texture.
Though both wines had a juiciness to them, I wouldn't call them fruit-forward, but the 2006 had some hints of blueberry and oak, while the 2009 had bright plum and hints of blackberry and tar.
The finish was similar with the heavy duty tannin of the 2009 carrying on throughout, and their own peculiar fruits minus anything dramatically called spice, but just a bit of heat (both had 13.5% alcohol).
Though the 2006 was easier to drink (smoother and more pleasant), the more lively 2009 had a special appeal to my dynamic sensibilities.


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