This was a red that when I opened the bottle I took a long inhale and just grinned knowing this was going to be a nice red, the first sip made my jaw flare up and tingle in the perfect ways by the third sip I was practically drooling. It had wonderful accents of violets which I haven't had the pleasure of experience until now. Reading the back of the bottle and explanation of the wine is very accurate and would refer to it for any questions on flavor.
No, not really sparkling but this wine feels alive in the mouth. It is light, refreshing and full of red fruit flavors. For me, this is exactly the kind of wine I look for as a table wine, the kind of good wine that can be found at village shops in Italy.
We were in Italy last summer and tasted some fine Chianti Classico wines. They told us to look for the Red Rooster for authenticity. This wine was OK but I've had better.
Response from WSJwine:By Customer Service, February 5, 2015
Thanks for your review. The black rooster (Gallo Nero) is the symbol for Chianti Classico (usually appears on neck of bottle). Chianti Classico is just one of several sub regions in Chianti - Paolo Masi's estate is in Rufina (another well-regarded district). Hope that clears up the mystery of the missing rooster!
I'd have preferred to let this bottle age a couple years but could not because the top seal was broken; pushed in somehow. Despite this, I suppose we got lucky because the wine turned out to be one of the better Chiantis I've had recently. The value was great at $6 per thanx to the WSJ introductory deal, though I would not want to pay retail price knowing the bottle may be flawed. Thus, I'm not likely to buy it again.