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Expert Picks: Chionetti and Antinori

Posted on | November 24, 2014 | Written by Will Di Nunzio | No Comments

Will_B_8.6.14_72dpiWith the holidays ahead, shopping for wine becomes more and more of dilemma. What are the right bottles? What is the right gift? Will this wine go with what I am cooking? Will my friends like this? All of these questions can create the kind of confusion where we just buy the regular old wine from the local store. To this settling, I say nay! Today I chose two wines I have recently enjoyed—one from the iconic Antinori label and one from the unheard of Quinto Chionetti. Together, these wines present the opportunity to enjoy the unknown and relish in the well known!

Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010 $27.95

(Piemonte – Dolcetto)

“What is this?” I asked. I was stunned when I first tasted this wine. What is this young, fruit-driven, beautiful wine with a strange elegance that shows structure, structure, stucture? The legendary Quinto Chionetti designed his Dolcetto to age, and that makes no sense; usually Dolcetto and Barbera are the bottles you drink while you wait for your Barolos to age. This wine will be a perfect bottle to pop this week with your Thanksgiving dinner as a pre-main event bottle.

Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ferrovia 2007 $109

(Toscana – Sangiovese Grosso)

You could argue that this wine is not ready to drink due to its young age, but I will wholeheartedly disagree with you. On a whim, I opened this bottle last Wednesday night, and after some splash decanting (although I recommend an hour of decanting), it was an impressive bottle of wine. Antinori, as usual, hits it out of the park with this Riserva that offers luscious fruits, silky tannins, leather and earth notes. This is perfect bottle for Turkey Day—one may not be enough!

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