So, my second wine blog from Prague features an Italian wine, the 2011 Il Giglio Chianti which I bought from a wine store at the mall for 190 Kc (about $10.50). What was I doing at the mall you ask? Especially when you are on vacation in a lovely European capitol? Funny you should ask, it seems last night I did something in my sleep and knocked my glasses off the night stand and the frames broke. At first I thought a screw came loose, easy fix, but no, it was broken where the lens fits to the frame. So my helpful front desk clerk, Pavel directed me to an eyeglass shop in the mall that was open today! It took most of the day to fix them, but I have them back now and can see, but boy do I need a glass of wine!
This wine is quite typical of the lighter bodied Chianti being produced so widely now, so the color is a light ruby throughout, with very little opacity. The nose is somewhat alarming with a robust aroma of wet dog or wool, but when that dissipates there is a strong aroma of berries and spice so typical of Tuscan wines. The taste is surprisingly fruit forward, with a burst of fresh fruit, strawberries, ripe plums which transitions easily to a good bit of peppery spice midpalate. The finish is somewhat abrupt, but still pleasant as I could see myself enjoying this one on a sunny patio over an afternoon.
Overall, I would rate this one a 7, if only for the wet dog on the nose, but once you get past that it's a really easy drinking wine, and I certainly can't complain about the price! Tonight I will once again be pairing this with nothing since I'm enjoying this as an aperitif before heading off to dinner. Tonight it's more traditional Czech fare at the Olympia Restaurant, so follow me on twitter if you want to see the meal! But for this wine, it would be perfect with Italian dishes like a pasta with red sauce, or some grilled Italian sausage, as the fruit would really balance out the spiciness of those dishes. Tady je na jiný dobrý den v Praze!