In a dilemma, not quite sure what to drink with your food, usually my golden rule is reach for a bottle of Italian red, this time it was a Chianti Riserva 2010 from the Tesco Finest range. Sometimes though, golden rules don’t always work, not entirely anyway.
Nothing wrong with this wine, there again not anything to shout about either, It’s an ok drinkable Chianti (although it does need to be drunk with food) produced by the normally reliable Picinni family.
Looked ok when poured, nice ruby colour but it’s when you get your nose in the glass where the first signs of doubt creep in, fairly muted cherries, raspberries but then followed by something slightly metallic. Taste wise, the label claims it to be ‘smooth, elegant and Velvety. Soft tannins and a long finish’ straight from the bottle my description would be ‘full of sour red cherries, liquorice, a little rustic and slightly on the thin side’ . That said, it did improve in the glass after a short time with the tartness softening a little and overall it did go well with the Tomato based Pasta meal.
It was easy drinking but needed food, bought this bottle while on offer and at the price I paid I was satisfied but not overally impressed.
My Rating 6/10 Corks