1998 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva ($17). The 1997...

WINE OF THE WEEK

September 12, 2001|By Michael Dresser

1998 Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva ($17). The 1997 vintage in Chianti is a tough act to follow, but this excellent Tuscan red compares well with its classic predecessor. The wine offers intense black-cherry fruit, with nuance of chocolate, sweet oak and herbs. It is accessible now, but should improve with three to five years of aging. This full-bodied, elegant wine would be a superb choice to serve with grilled red meat.

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