2006 Aquila d’Oro Chianti

Price: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Santini Fine Wines

What They Said:

Per corkd.com, via my fellow amateurs as no professional input is available: “Aficionados of dry Chianti may stop reading now, assuming any actually are. Which I doubt. Anyway, this inexpensive Trader Joe’s offering most likely won’t win any awards, but it certainly is a pleasant, easily-drinkable wine. I served it with a pleasant, easily-eatable meal, which was a pleasant and easily-enjoyable experience for my family. The nose has some blackberry and pepper, maybe a little anise, which went well with the fennel in the meal. The taste is at first grapey and slightly fruity-sweet; the finish more tannic and peppery. I like it a lot, but if you read my other reviews, you’ll find that I tend to like nearly EVERYTHING.”

What I Think:

After enjoying a few bottles of the Toscana I thought I would give this Chianti a go to see if it could match the performance. Alas, no was the answer. It wasn’t all that far off. At the end of the day this wine ending up coming off as thin or better said short on fruit. Not bad, but not worth trying unless you love Chianti. Otherwise grab the Toscana or try one of these Epicuro offerings.

Rating: Skip It

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2 thoughts on “2006 Aquila d’Oro Chianti

  1. I opened a bottle of the 08 Aquila D’Oro Chianti last night, and your review of the 06 is pretty much exactly how I feel about the 08 – thin and short on fruit (and I tasted the 08 before I read your 06 review); the tannins are not overly done, but the fruit is definitely under-done. I also detected a slightly harsh undertone in the taste that I can’t quite put my finger on. I will certainly finish the bottle, but I do not plan to purchase it again.

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