How about a 94 Point wine selling at $15.00!!
That’s what has prompted me to put out this special edition to “Wine of the Week.” How could I not? When I read about it and found it at my local wine shop, I just couldn’t resist and had to try it to see if it was really that good.
The conclusion….I’ll tell you in a bit (that what’s sometimes called a cliffhanger). Something to keep you reading this all the way through until I reveal the final sequitur (don’t you just love this word of the day thing?)
So here I was reading the latest edition (so new it was still only online) to one of my favorite review magazines, Wine Spectator. I noticed right away that this had to be an edition that was focusing on wines from Tuscany. Okay, it actually said they were doing that so no big shakes on my part to determine this whole thing. So I start to go through all the wines that were rated in this particular edition. I do this every edition so I can get a jump on what is going to be published in the paper edition before the rest of the subscribing public gets a hold of things.
Low and behold it strikes me that 2016 might be a really good vintage for Italy and Tuscany seeing some really good point scores. My next appraisal whittles those wines down by price. While scrutinizing the list, I also have to look for wineries that I may have seen before or are generally available in my area. A lot of good wines don’t always make it to every state.
A name jumps out at me and I immediately check my local shop’s inventory to see if it’s in stock. My heart skips a beat as I find it! Even better, it’s only $15 a bottle. A couple dollars less than the expected retail the magazine quoted.
My enthusiasm and excitement can’t be contained. I jump into my little, but highly reliable, auto and whisk off to the store. There it is. Waiting for me as if to say “I knew you’d be coming.” A quick swipe of my debit card and back home I drive. Can you just feel the fervency (another great word of the day).
Just so happens that I have an almost perfect meal I can make from my shopping done this past Sunday. Swordfish! Put that together with an interesting tomato sauce with Italian accents and it is done!
For this occasion I decide to hold off drinking any wine UNTIL the dinner is ready and I’m sitting down to partake. It’s a tuffy, but I do it. Oh the anticipation. Dinner complete and plated, wine opened and poured. I sit down and luxuriate in what is to come.
If you aren’t on the edge of your seat yet, there is something measurably wrong. Either that or I’m not as good a writer as I’ve come to believe. I’m going to leave that for now as I don’t think I want to delve further into that issue.
So here’s what Wine Spectator had to say about the wine: “Expressive and smooth, this hits all the right notes, with pure black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Touches of earth, iron and tobacco add complexity. Shows fine harmony and length.” All adds up to a wondrous 94 Point score!
The wine grew on me. As a young wine, it does need some time, either in cellar or decanted and allowed to bloom. Tight when first opened and tasted but it did continue to, as I said, “grow on me.” Right out of the barn (that’s probably not a good euphemism) I would rate it 90 at best. Three hours later, I’m looking at 92, but I’m still not getting that long finish I would like to have from such a well-rated wine. I won’t dispute the review of the wine. All of those characteristics and nuances are there just a little tight. Personal preference playing a part in all this ratings stuff.
I could give the wine another point or two I suppose when you take into consideration the price. $15 retail, not on sale. Let’s not, but just use the price as an extension to the overall reasons for buying this wine in the first place.
So have I held you attention all through this post? Good! Now I can tell you the wine:
San Felice Chianti Classico 2016
Should be available as 25,000 cases were made. Click here for the tech sheet. Whether 94 Points or not, this is a very nice wine at an even better price and worth searching for at your local wine shop.
Cheers (All the way through and not a speck of Italian)