I received two bottles of this Chianti in my case. When I opened the first one it tasted "funny" (vinegar-like). So I thought it might be a bad bottle since I have ran into some bad bottles before. Opened the second bottle and the acid taste was there. My reference for Chianti is Ruffino, which despite being a wine you find at your local supermarket offers reasonable value and doesn't taste vinegar-like.
Response from WSJwine:By CustomerCare, March 8, 2014
Sorry for any disappointment - we only ever want you to pay for the wines you enjoy and we'll be in touch soon to take care of it.
I liked this wine initially and the more I let it breathe the more I enjoyed it. The first night I had it with gnocchi's and a homemade red sauce. They complimented each other nicely. The second night I enjoyed it without food. My recommendation would be to decant this wine and let it breathe for 30-45 minutes before enjoying.
My introductory order has been very very good with the exception of the 2 Chiantis included. The first bottle was not that good but the 2nd bottle was awful. I have liked all of the other wines so far...this one tastes almost sour to me. I will admit, I am not a big Chianti fan (partial to Cab, Malbec & Syrah)....but even by Chianti standards, I did not enjoy this one at all.
Response from WSJwine:By Customer Care, March 4, 2014
Sorry for any disappointment, it sounds like a faulty bottle. We never want you to pay for any wines that you do not enjoy. We have refunded you for those bottles.
Had this Chianti with a marinara pasta dish and it accompanied the meal wonderfully. The Chianti complemented the sauce and vice versa. I love Chiantis in general, but this is definitely one of my faves. Great value. Excellent fruity aroma and a deliciously pleasant finish. Enjoy!
I enjoyed this wine with a marinara pasta dish and it was very nice. I think both the wine and food tasted better with each other. I don't drink Chiantis very often, but enough to know what I like and this one I like. Nice cherry aroma and great finish.
This Chianti is very enjoyable. Very nice aroma of cocoa and cherry and great tannin. Has a wonderful bold finish. Would take this wine to any friends house with confidence they would enjoy also. And for the price you cant beat the value.
This Chianti was extremely surprising. For a 100% Sangiovese you get what you often expect, heavy cherry notes and a great pair for Italian food. What surprised me was the amount of tannin. Wonderful mouthfeel and finish, one of the best Chianti's I've had recently!
This was the first wine that I sampled from my introductory case. I'm not a wine connoisseur, but I try to experiment with different wines. This wine was easy on the taste buds. Not overly dry, doesn't leave a bitter after taste, so I will have to say this one was a good choice. Looking forward to trying others in the case.