#61 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The blend, albeit varying slightly depending on vintage conditions, is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The best selections are blended and aged 1 year
in oak (80% in Slavonian barrels, 20% in barrique) + at least 6 months in the bottle, achieving a graceful balance of voluptuous berry tones and flexible yet sturdy backbone. Dark ruby in color, its bouquet of leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, licorice and plums is confirmed on the medium to full-bodied palate – round, spicy, elegant, attractively fruity and extremely versatile with any fare from pasta or risotto, to meat, fowl and cheese. Moreover, the Empsons' judicious pricing policy makes it "consistently one of Italy's better values". Food-friendly, pocket-friendly, all-around simpatico.
This is one of those it's fantastic for it's price wines. I have had other Rossos in this price range and feel these one is just better done. It's a good wine to have around when the meal calls for Chianti.
Just an everyday table wine that needs a meal with it. This wine does not drink well on it's own.
This is basically a very tasty, structured Chianti for under $20.