A Chianti that thinks it's a Brunello. I happen to like Chiantis that think they're Chiantis, but this is pretty good anyway. Vignavecchia's str
aight CCR is, to my taste, more typical and more pleasurable.
Very dark black ruby. On the first night, the nose and flavors were so closed, it wasn't particularly pleasurable. All I got was dark, scorchy stuff. Night 2, after 24 hours under a Vacu-Vin enclosure, it was much better, much more open. Still dark and relatively burly, but nice. Very Brunello-ish. Nose of charcoal, dark gravelly minerals, and scorched blackberry. Very rich and tannic, with low-toned very scorched gravelly minerals and loads of sultry blackberry skins in the mouth. A bit too much smoky oak, but pretty good. Very full. Still needs time to soften out. Give it another year or two. B. I think I paid around $23 for this from WTSO.com over a year ago. Imported by Superior Wines, Cranford, NJ.