chu_hi_wines (chu_hi_wines) wrote,
chu_hi_wines
chu_hi_wines

On Chianti

Last month, I opened a bottle of Chianti with a friend who said he knew nothing about wine. I know a little, so I showed him how to sniff it, taste it, and talk about it, driving in the point that wine is always more interesting when you can talk about it with somebody.

We sniffed it, and a nose of apricots was overpowering. I said, "now, this is funny, I can smell apricots, but that's usually a characteristic of a white wine." He could smell it, too. In fact, the apricot scent was growing stronger and stronger.

What do you know ~ Chiantis often have white grape varieties blended in, particularly the lighter bodied styles that I'm looking for when I open a Chianti. So when you're drinking a Chianti (but not a Chianti Classico, which prohibits any white varietals), look for characteristics of white grapes

And now I know the straw basket is called a fiasco.
Tags: chianti, italy, red blends
Subscribe

  • Château d'Armajan des Ormes Sauternes 2007

    I've been curious about Sauternes, as I serve one at work, and when I pour it, it smells like a harvest festival covered in honey. The one we…

  • Three Bordeaux

    Don came home with three Bordeaux, and pfaff if they aren't the softest, oakiest, dreamiest wines I've ever tasted. They were a page out of a…

  • Château Cour de Goupin Bordeaux 2002

    This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc was "harvested from vines organically cultivated." It isn't too bad, but it possesses…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments