Sangiovese is our go-to Italian grape. The soft, luscious berry flavors are perfect with dinner or sipping by itself. We opened the 2008 Rodano 2008 Chianti Classico during dinner with friends at the Bistro at Maumee Wines.
At the Bistro you can tour the wine shop and buy a bottle to go with dinner while paying an $8 corkage fee. This was our opening act and we were attracted by the Black Rooster, symbol of the Chianti Classico producers.
This Tuscan wine is 90% Sangiovese with 10% Canaiolo and Colorino. This has a purity of flavor with deep cherry and blackberry flavors mingled with fresher berry tastes.
It’s a bright and wine with a lighter body. There’s some subtle earthiness too. This was a great wine to begin with. Since we were going to enjoy some steaks, we had to move on to a more substantial bottle – the Rodano just wouldn’t match well with heavier fare.
This Chianti Classico is about $18, which seems about right. It’s a bottle of Sangiovese smoothness and berry goodness with which you can’t go wrong.
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Value: 2.5 of 5