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329. Mannucci Droandi, Chianti Colli Aretini, 2005

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This one is well out of time order because it took some time to finish the bottle and get to the label! This wasn’t a bad wine by any means, but it was just coarse & rustic enough to make it hard work to find the pleasure in it. Wine shouldn’t be hard work to appreciate! Anyway, it’s ‘in’ because it was the first time I’d drunk one of the ‘other’ Chianti DOCGs – the Collis – from the hills in the area. Oh, and got the bottle by winning a work ‘pub quiz’! Light-medium cherry garnet, purple rim. Fairly intense but quite simple nose of red fruit – cherry – with some woody, toasty oak notes. Carries hints of liquorice & caramel at the edge. Sharp, acidic palate with some slightly rough tannin emerging (rustic?). Enough body & fruit concentration to be reasonable, nevertheless.

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