Variety: 95% Sangiovese; 5% Colorino
Region: Rufina, Chianti, Italy
Cost: $12 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: An aromatic, smooth, medium-bodied wine, filled with red fruit and plums on the palate.
My Review: Hello Chianti, my old friend. We’ve had a lot of fun together. You got me through many a late night in college, writing papers after closing up the bar. We’ve also had some rough times, with high-volume productions sending out sometimes questionable quality wines with your name on it.
The 2017 Renzo Masi Chianti….it reminds me of the good old days, but also reminds me of why we sometimes move on.
In the glass the wine was a familiar violet, purple color. On the nose I picked up aromas of blueberry and cassis, while in the mouth the wine was fruity, bright, and light, with flavors of blueberry.
My wife and I paired the wine with a mozzarella chicken dish over wilted kale (it’s a dish from Blue Apron called “skinny chicken” mozzarella), and it was an overall good pairing, the fruit of the wine pairing against the acid in the tomato sauce on the chicken.
My overall opinion of the was….Good, but not Great. That being said, for $12 it’s one of the better budget Chianti’s I’ve had in a while – I didn’t think I was going to wake up with a raging headache after just two glasses with dinner (can’t party like I used to).
Did it blow my mind? No. But for a middle of the week wine while having dinner, watching the news, and catching up with my wife, I could do a lot worse.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.