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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

May 14 - Chianti Classico Tasting at AGO

The Date and Time:  Monday, May 14, 2012   3:30 – 6:30 PM

The Event: A Taste of Tuscany, walk-around tasting, trade component.

The Venue: AGO

The Target Audience: wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: the show was put on by Vintages Events, with a trade component for one hour. The catalogue had full ordering information for this special release, and order-takers were standing by. There were about 60 wines from 24 producers.

The Quote/Background: There was a seminar ahead of the tasting, but while interesting, it was just a chance to taste 8 wines that (mostly) would have been in the tasting room anyway.

The Wines: I did not taste every wine, mainly the Riservas.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):


Vignamaggio Castello di Monna Lisa Chianti Classico Riserva 2008, $39

Le Fonti Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, $35

Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, $43.95

Castello di Cacchiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, $27

Castello Vicchiomaggio Vigna La Prima Chianti Classico Riserva 2008, $47

Querciavalle Losi Millennium Chianti Classico Riserva 2005, $39

Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, $33


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):


Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2009, $20

Dievole Dieulele Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, $64

San Felice Poggio Rosso Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, $49

Casa Emma Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, $39

Cennatoio Oro Chianti Classico 2009, $22

Fattoria Nittardi Chianti Classico Riserva 2008, $64

Querciavalle Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, $27

Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico 2009, $21

Vignamaggio Gherardino Chianti Classico 2009, $24


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):


Fontodi Chianti Classico 2009, $29

Rocca delle Macie Tenuta Sant'Alfonso Chianti Classico 2007, $21.95


The Food: charcuterie, sausages, cheeses, breads.

The Downside: I had to leave early for another dinner.

The Upside: a chance to taste Chianti Classico Riserva

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.

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