Fratelli D’Italia Chianti 2009 – Tuscany

Description from Total Wine and More:

‘A delicious Chianti with ripe plum and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity aftertaste. Montalbano, one of the seven Chianti subzones, is an ancient hill near Florence that was the hunting park of the Medici. {Fresh, Cherry, Plum, Medium-bodied}’

Price: $7.99

Type of Grape Used: Sangiovese

Region: Tuscany

This is my first taste of a Chianti. I am totally unfamiliar with what it’s supposed to be like so I can only rate it according to my first impressions. Maybe as I progress in my wine knowledge I’ll realize I missed something so if you’re a more accomplished wine connoisseur who can share some insight on this wine (or any other wine I sample) please feel free to educate me. That’s what I am here for!

I picked this 2009 Fratelli D’Italia (translated as: ‘Brothers of Italy) Chiani because I was making an Italian recipe that my brother sent me called ‘Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil’ and it called to be paired with a nice Chianti. Now my brother recommended a specific Chianti that he felt would match really well but alas my local Total Wine and More did not have that brand. So I was left alone to fend for myself in the unfamiliar world of Chianti.

Knowing absolutely nothing about Chianti’s and not having really made a connection with anyone at my Total Wine store yet, I quietly perused the Chianti aisle reading the recommendations and looking at all the pretty labels (I’ve told you before that this is how I generally pick wines…thus the reason for needing this education).

After trying to look like I knew what I was doing I quickly grabbed this bottle of Fratelli D’Italia Chianti because one, it was inexpensive (I’ll buy a more expensive wine if I know that I’ll like it or it was recommended. Otherwise this is usually my price range) and two, the label was…well…so Italian. With a label like that how could it NOT be good?

Upon opening the bottle at home my first impression was that it had a very fruity nose to it and it was very light bodied. My first taste was not what I expected. Again it could be just because I’ve never had a Chianti and I am usually a Merlot kind of gal so I expect red wines to be very complex and deep in flavor. This one was really light, not very bold, and bordering on bland.

After I let it breathe a bit it lost it’s fruity nose and I was left with nothing really remarkable to comment on.

Now before you think ‘Hell, she hated this wine’ I have to say that this wine is suggested for bold meals like red meats, roasts, and spicy Italian dishes. Knowing that and after a little thought I realized that maybe it’s the lightness of this wine that MAKES it great for those pairings. This wine was suggested to me to go with a spicy Italian meal and had it been any bolder or deeper of a wine I don’t know that it would have gone as well with the dish as it did.

The bottom line is that I feel it was a really drinkable wine yet slightly unremarkable. It didn’t make me go ‘Wow!’ or ‘Oh my God! This is great!’ It did it’s job by complimenting my delicious meal and left me satisfied. Again I have nothing to compare it with but I promise in the future I will try other Chiantis and then I’ll know better where this one stands.

Buzz Factor: 3, a very light bodied wine.

Overall Likability: 5, it didn’t leave a big impression on me. It just kind of fell in the ‘It’s okay’ category for now.


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Posted on December 19, 2010, in Chiani, Italy, Sangiovese, Tuscany and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Have you prepped a mulled wine yet? I’ve done it and it was a fun kick. It’s what you do when you have an open bottle of red wine, leftover from the night before. I poured half a bottle of red into a small pot with 1 cinnamon stick, 1/2 tsp. cloves, 1/2 whole nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. whole allspice, 1/2 five-star anise clove, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and some sprinklings of organic orange zest. I let it heat at a low, soft bubbling for about an hour, then poured in 1/4 cup apple juice, a squeeze of orange juice, and 1 1/2 tsp. honey. I strained and poured this into two tea cups, garnished with orange slices, and sipped. Really nice!

    • No, I’ve never done that but I have had mulled wine in Prague and it was pretty nice. I’ll have to do that the next time I have some left over wine. Thanks for the recipe! šŸ™‚

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