2005 Il Tarocco Chianti Classico

Price: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by American Beverage Group (could be wrong on this price, I’ll check next time)

What They Said:

Per the winery “Grapes: selected grapes Sangiovese (90%) and black tuscany Canaiolo (10%) coming from vineyards more than 20 years old; bottled since 1992.

Characteristics: Intense ruby colour. Elegant smell of beautiful mature red fruit with floral notes and balanced taste, full, intense and persistent.

Il Tarocco conserve his own characteristics for 10-12 years.

Combinations: tasty pasta, white and red meats, stewed meat, matured cheeses and rich plates of flavour and substance.”

What I Think:

I think I have had most of the Chianti that has come through TJ’s. They are usually drinkable but not memorable. This one certainly matches that profile. I did notice that the blend was 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo Nero. It seemed like they were going with the truly classical style of a balanced wine but they didn’t quite hit the mark.

Rating: Skip It

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