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2008 Volpaia Chianti Classico – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Chianti is still king in my house when it comes to picking a nearly-perfect wine to pair with pasta dishes – the acids they exhibit as well as complexity of flavors make them a no-brainer for the complex flavors to be found in many of today’s favorite Italian dishes.

This little gem of a wine can be found for $20 or under and fits the bill quite nicely as a table wine with friends or to pound down with a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs.

Technical Data: 

  • Grapes: Sangiovese 90%, Merlot / Syrah 10%
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Altitude: 1450 feet above sea level
  • Soil: Decomposing sandstone providing light soil rich in lime and texture
  • Vineyards: Piano al Prato, Campo a Pitti, Piaggia degli Abati, Casetto, Santa Maria Novella
  • Price: $20

Nose: Beautiful mix of poo-laden black fruit. I get notes of forest floor, mushroom, black pepper, dark chocolate and plums.

Taste: This is a very classic-tasting Chianti in that it has the fruit, body (mouthfeel) but is nicely acid-driven. The net result is wine that simply cries out to be paired with tomato-based dishes, pastas or even stewed lamb and game.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%