2009 Luiano Chianti Classico vs. 2008 Quattro Mani Montepulciano: Both are fruity
july 24, 2011: this wasn't exactly apples to apples. but greg had baked a pizza, and we were wanting to explore more italian wines. so we uncorked this cute bottle of 2009 luiano chianti classico ($13.99) as well as a 2008 quattro mani montepulciano ($12.99). the chianti was 13.5 percent alcohol, with some fruit, light tannins. greg liked it a lot, saying it was smooth and not really dry. i thought the same thing. the quattro mani we compared it to was also fruity, with more tannins and acidity. 13 percent alcohol. greg thought the tannins on the quattro mani were more pronounced at the end. both are from winetree.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.