Picked this up for $9 at Costco because, well, the last time I had "red-sauced" Italian, I really wanted the acidic snap of a Chianti. Unfortunately for me, this wine is a large departure from that. Can anyone say oak? Or how about Parker? Mildly put, this wasn't what I was expecting or wanted. It should go with out saying for all wine: caveat emptor. Of course, I really don't listen to my own advice: I tend to be an impulse driven buyer. If something looks interesting or like it might be a good deal, I'm in.
Tons of oak. Spicy (coriander-ish?), along with some herbal (rosemary) and subdued cherry. Smooth, soft, and not a lot of acidity--although this isn't out of whack in terms of balance. It's out of whack in terms of what I look for in Chianti. Not that Chianti-esque, and way too much oak. This is Chianti made for the Parker palate. Your results with this wine may differ. If you for some reason have a bottle of this, I would suggest letting it sit for a year or two and hopefully the oak influence will turn less oaky and develop tertiary aromas that are interesting. D+/C-