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By Michael Dresser | January 25, 1995
This fragrant, spicy Italian red is no blockbuster, but it has generous black cherry flavors in a restrained, medium-bodied style. While the wine isn't ultra-complex, it's very good for the price and shows even better with food. A bit mute at first, it improves marvelously in the glass. This fine Chianti comes from master importer Marc de Grazia. Quantities are limited, but you should be able to find or order it at better wine stores.
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July 17, 2013
From : Tuscany, Italy Price : $15 Serve with : Ham, fried chicken, picnic food This dry, pale pink wine from one of the top producers of Chianti is a perfect summer wine for classy outdoor entertaining. It's a crisp wine with distinct cherry character from its component sangiovese and merlot grapes. It offers a light, rose-scented aroma and a touch of rosehips in the flavor. A complex, character-filled  wine for a dry rose , it should be served quite cold.   - Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser | April 3, 1996
So it's not particularly complex? This delightful Chianti has intense, ripe, black cherry and herb flavors, medium body and a long, lively finish. What more can you ask for? Bring on the pasta.Pub date: 4/03/96
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2011
OK, pardon the movie reference: This "good kee-AN-tee" would go well with any excellent cut of simply prepared red meat, and maybe pasta dishes as well. (Turkey? Maybe.) It's a full-bodied, structured red wine with a complex mix of black cherry, earthy and herbal flavors, with a touch of chocolate. It's drinkable now but should mature beautifully over five to 15 years. Not cheap, but worth the price. From: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy Price: $23 Serve with: Fava beans, of course
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | February 28, 1993
The last 10 years have been very good for wine.Most of the world's great wine regions improved the quality of their product. California gained sophistication. Bordeaux gained consistency. The Rhine and the Mosel began to find a market. Even Burgundy, at long last, rose above fraud and incompetence and took advantage of some overdue good luck.But even these triumphs pale beside the tale of Tuscany, the north-central Italian region that once was known mainly for its industrial-strength Chianti.
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By Nancy R. Newhouse and Nancy R. Newhouse,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 8, 1996
Small leafless trees covered with orange persimmons strike an incongruous but brilliant note in the still welcoming November landscape of Chianti. Even in Florence, a fruit-loaded tree is tucked in here and there along busy streets or in small back gardens.The crowds are gone, and this is an ideal time to visit.The grapes have been harvested, but the gently sloping vineyards are clad in bronze, and the olive harvest is beginning. Men cut the grass under the trees before putting down nets that will catch the olives -- both green and black varieties -- that fall during picking.
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By Michael Dresser | February 18, 2009
2006 Piccini Chianti Superiore From: Chianti, Tuscany, Italy Price: $14 Serve with: Pasta, veal, pork Chianti Superiore is a recently created intermediate step between regional Chianti and the more prestigious Chianti Classico. This well-made red wine from Piccini definitely leans toward the Classico side with its full, rich fruit and pronounced flavors of black cherry, earth and game. It's easy to drink now but has the structure and character to improve for several years.
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By Michael Dresser | April 5, 1998
1995 De Rham Chianti "Riservati" ($7)This light, Beaujolais-style Chianti is simply a very appealing wine with no pretensions. The flavors are straightforward black cherry and herbs, nothing complex. Serve it with pasta, chicken and grilled foods -- or any time you want an inexpensive red wine you don't have to think about too much.Pub Date: 4/05/98
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By Michael Dresser | May 18, 1997
1995 Fossi Chianti ($8.49).There are few wines more useful than a well-made, inexpensive Chianti, and There are few wines more useful than a well-made, inexpensive Chianti, and there are few producers more adept at meeting this need than Fossi. This is a solid wine, packed with black cherry fruit and nuances of tomato. There's a slight hardness, but not enough to detract from the flavor. In fact, the dollop of tannin suggests one can safely buy this wine by the case and use it over the course of the next year or two.Pub Date: 5/18/97@
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By Michael Dresser | February 14, 1996
The world needs good jug wines, and here's a fine example from Italy. Fossi is a fine Chianti producer, and as you would expect, this nonvintage wine tastes much like a junior Chianti. The black cherry and spice flavor of the sangiovese grape comes through in a light, easily quaffable form. It's a good choice for a casual party where simple pasta dishes are served.
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By Michael Dresser | September 12, 2001
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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By Michael Dresser | August 30, 2000
1997 Villa Puccini Toscana, Oak Aged Tuscan Red Wine ($10). The 1997 vintage was magnificent in Tuscany, and that means some extraordinary values in the middle-price ranges. This full, rich, intensely flavored red wine has the class of a fine Chianti Classico at half the price. There's tremendous structure, excellent black cherry and herbal flavors and an unusually long finish for a wine in its price class. It would be a great companion to grilled red meat or poultry.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | August 2, 2000
Some vintages are great because they produce powerful and long-lasting wines. Some vintages are great because they produce young wines of exquisite fruit and irresistible charm. And then - ever so rarely - comes along a greater than great vintage that delivers both. Red Bordeaux in 1982. The Rhone in 1990. Vintage port in 1985 and 1994. And now Tuscany is getting its turn. The top 1997s from this classic Italian wine region are beginning to flow into the American marketplace. Affordable as well as exquisite, they are not to be missed.
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By Michael Dresser | April 5, 1998
1995 De Rham Chianti "Riservati" ($7)This light, Beaujolais-style Chianti is simply a very appealing wine with no pretensions. The flavors are straightforward black cherry and herbs, nothing complex. Serve it with pasta, chicken and grilled foods -- or any time you want an inexpensive red wine you don't have to think about too much.Pub Date: 4/05/98
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | October 26, 1997
To anyone on the grayer side of 40, the name Chianti will always evoke memories of red-checkered tablecloths and fat-bottomed bottles covered in straw.The wine in those bottles was usually pretty dreadful, but Chianti has come a long way since those days. It now comes in standard bottles, and Italian regulations were changed in 1984 to limit crop yields and to give winemakers more flexibility in their blending practices. Meanwhile, importers began to bring in more fine estate-bottled wines from the Chianti Classico zone and other high-quality sub-regions.
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By Michael Dresser | May 18, 1997
1995 Fossi Chianti ($8.49).There are few wines more useful than a well-made, inexpensive Chianti, and There are few wines more useful than a well-made, inexpensive Chianti, and there are few producers more adept at meeting this need than Fossi. This is a solid wine, packed with black cherry fruit and nuances of tomato. There's a slight hardness, but not enough to detract from the flavor. In fact, the dollop of tannin suggests one can safely buy this wine by the case and use it over the course of the next year or two.Pub Date: 5/18/97@
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By Michael Dresser | September 12, 2001
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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By Michael Dresser | August 30, 2000
1997 Villa Puccini Toscana, Oak Aged Tuscan Red Wine ($10). The 1997 vintage was magnificent in Tuscany, and that means some extraordinary values in the middle-price ranges. This full, rich, intensely flavored red wine has the class of a fine Chianti Classico at half the price. There's tremendous structure, excellent black cherry and herbal flavors and an unusually long finish for a wine in its price class. It would be a great companion to grilled red meat or poultry.
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By Nancy R. Newhouse and Nancy R. Newhouse,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 8, 1996
Small leafless trees covered with orange persimmons strike an incongruous but brilliant note in the still welcoming November landscape of Chianti. Even in Florence, a fruit-loaded tree is tucked in here and there along busy streets or in small back gardens.The crowds are gone, and this is an ideal time to visit.The grapes have been harvested, but the gently sloping vineyards are clad in bronze, and the olive harvest is beginning. Men cut the grass under the trees before putting down nets that will catch the olives -- both green and black varieties -- that fall during picking.
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