marchese di paniI’m ambivalent about publishing negative wine reviews. Who wants to read about “blah”? But books and film receive negative reviews that are informative—why not wine? And truth be told, Chianti has been pushing this stuff on the export market for decades and it never seems to get much better. They should be called out.

Layers of dark cherry and earth on the nose, simple and pleasant. But the palate is thin,  tart and peppery with green vegetal notes and a medium length finish. There is almost no fruit. This is a standard, budget Chianti, but no bargain at this price. If you’re having pizza and you don’t like the taste of your water, give it a try.

Otherwise try the Straccali or Gabbiano instead.

And feel redeemed watching Otis Redding sing “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” at Monterey 1967

Score: 80

Price: $10

Alc: 13%