Ruffino Chianti

Ruffino Chianti, 2009. $14.95. LCBO#1743.

I love presents. Especially when they are drinkable. And even more when they aren’t actually for me, but I still get to drink them. Kevin just had a birthday, and our lovely friend Jenn gifted him a bottle of her favourite red.

Naturally, a few days later, I suggested that this bottle of hearty Italian Chianti would pair well with beef stew. And, of course, it did; I think it would be even more marvelous with roast beef or steak.

The wine is a bit of a sneak attack in your mouth. It starts out mellow and light-medium bodied, but then explodes on your palate with cherry fruit, and finishes with a zip. I really enjoyed it, there’s a good sweet-tart balance, and it is very drinkable alone or with food.

We had a smidge left over and I’m drinking it now, with some very dark chocolate. It’s still tasty, even a few days on, and is a marvelous match for the chocolate. It adds an almost cherry cola quality to the wine.

This bottle was a wonderful treat, and one I will definitely buy again. Maybe to go with some pot roast or spaghetti and meatballs. Yum.

Overall, I give this bottle 9/10 for taste and 4/5 for value.

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