The 4 Wines of 2013

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Chianti Classico

Of course a $25 bottle of Bordeaux is only a good value if you like Bordeaux, and if you are interested in aging your wine a bit. Even value-priced Bordeaux benefits from a bit of age. So what if you want immediate gratification but are not opposed to having your wines age well? Well, in that case there are at least two regions that continue to supply astounding values today, and for my money Chianti, in all its glory, is tough to beat.

As with most regional wines, Chianti is a broad catch-all phrase that really can’t convey the range of stylistic issues today’s producer can avail themselves of. It is indeed likely that Chianti continues to suffer from the stigma of straw-clad fiasci holding shrill, acidic wines that we struggled to get down next to our plates of spaghetti at Ristorante Genoa on Broadway and 73rd street where a complete dinner was $10. Yes I’m going back a few decades here, but that’s how wine memory works. Bad wines do damage that lasts for years.

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  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  • Snooth User: Juancar
    1167110 64

    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM

  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme.
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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