Castello Di Meleto 2009 Chianti Classico, $10.70-$16.99, 87 points, appears the color of dense cranberry trending plum pink toward the broad transparent rim.
Aromatic notes of sweet and sour plum with a hint of apple and alcohol (13.5%) was not so pleasant.
Hints of mint and tart black cherry flavors are good, but a dominant plum is a bit too strong for my palate.
With considerable air the finish developed firm hot and spicy notes.
The good acidity and moderate tannin were carried smoothly on a near full body.
Note, that I called for a store clerk to open a third case of this wine, because all the corks in the two open cases were slightly protruding, but even the best bottle I could find had corks maybe a 1/32" beyond the rim. The clerk seemed dubious as to my concern. Though the flavor seemed bright enough, and drinking this wine came juxtaposed to finishing the Château Patris Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2009 Bordeaux, which was so much the superior wine, I struggled to be as judicious as possible.
Still, not a bad red table wine for less than $11.00!
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