Barone Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2015

Barone Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2015

Barone Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2015

Dark ruby color. Nose of spicy red fruits, it’s inviting and charming, but balanced and shows true Chianti character. Round on the palate with a good acidity level, showing red fruits and spices flavors, this is a wine for food. This well pair well with many dishes, fulfilling your expectations at a very enjoyable price point! Good+ (88)

Made of Sangiovese. Aged in tanks. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Available in SAQ stores for 15,55$ (Code SAQ : 13188858)

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Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2013

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2013

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2013

Medium dark ruby color. The wine have aromes of cherries, earth and some spices notes. Silky on the palate, the fruit is King here. With its good acidity level and its spicy finish, this wine is at its best when poured while eating even if it ca be enjoyed by itself! Good+ (88)

Mainly made of  Sangiovese. Aged in 90% tanks and 10% in oak barrels. Alcohol level of 13% 

Available in private import ordering through VINS FINS L’agence

Barone Ricasoli’s website:

Sample proposed by VINS FINS L’agence:

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2013

Dégustation à l'aveugle

Blind tasting

Blind tasting – december 2015

In the wine business, there is a common way to taste wine and it’s called blind tasting. This way of having wine consist of tasting wine without knowing its name or origin. The results can often be unexpected, but the main reason why I like to taste wine blindly is that I have reference while tasting it, so anything can happen, even mistakes on which wine it is! It is then judge only on this moment perceptions. The truth is in the glass…

It is a fact that perceptions or feelings can change in regards of the moment of the day, where we are, the people we’re with or even if we’re tired or not. Despite all this, I still think that blind tasting is the best way to be objective on a wine while tasting it.

The most popular tasting ever done is probably the “Judgment of Paris” in 1976 where some of the greatest French wines battled California wines. Everyone there had the conviction that the French wines would win easily, but that was not the case! To learn more about this tasting, here is an article on Wikipedia.

Ok, let’s talk about wine, the whole reason for this article being giving you the results of a tasting I did with “neophyte” tasters, my friends! I had invited them at home for a supper (and to let our kids to play together) and to taste some wines!

At the beginning I didn’t gave then any information about the wines they were having neither their origins nor their price. The goal was to get their impressions of the wines. I did afterward gave away the country then the prices. After that they guessed which wine each one was before giving the answers.

Here is what was poured:

Dégustation à l'aveugle

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret Cabernet-Sauvignon 2013 (26,95$, Code SAQ : 00863654)

Fogo Portugal (only available in grocery stores for 10,19$)

Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti-Classico 2013 (24,95$ Code SAQ : 00003962)

I did not made any « official » grid to gather all the scores, but off the results, one thing is sure, everyone had the grocery store wine right. The surprise came from the swap over the Chianti and the California wine.

Here are some comments on the wines :

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret Cabernet-Sauvignon 2013

Dark color. Nose of cherries, dark berries and smoke. Easy going on the palate with fruit flavors, sweet spices and a proper acidity level. At first it was the most interesting wine out of the bunch, not being too charming or easy, but after an hour or so, its origin showed more with notes of brown sugar and sweet fruit flavors. Very good (89)

Fogo Portugal

Light ruby color. Nose and palate of sweetened red fruits. A little too easy, short, but in the end not bad and was not crushed by the other wines, even if it didn’t stepped away… Good (87)

Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti-Classico 2013 

Clear ruby color. Initially green, very spicy and a little harsh, air did brought classical notes of berries, earth and even some flowers. Long and tasty finish. Showed best almost 4 hours after the bottle opening. This could age and to be enjoyed from now, it has to be put into a decanter for a minimum of an hour, maybe two, since I really liked the last glass from the bottle. Will taste it again with the proper treatment. Very good+ (90)

Everyone liked this tasting game and I will host more of them with other type of wines sooner than later !

Thanks to Société de Vins Fins,  Trialto and my friend Roxane for the bottles of this tasting

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riversa 2012

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riversa 2012

Medium dark ruby color. Expressive and charming nose of flowers and ripe berries. Flavors of cherries and strawberries with some spices and oak undertones. Silky on the palate and just so good that you just want to have a sip after the other. Really tasty while showing some complexity. Very good+ (89)

Made of Sangiovese (80%), Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon. Aged 15 months in a mix of oak barrels and vats. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Available at the SAQ for 28,25$ (Code SAQ : 10253440)

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Tasted along a Fontodi Chianti Classico 2012 – no winner, but liked both of them!

Duo Chianti 2012


Fontodi Chianti Classico DOCG 2012

 Fontodi Chianti Classico DOCG 2012

Ruby color with purple hue. Aromas of red berries, spices, flowers and leather. Sappy fruit on the palate, the right amount of spice flavors, it drinks so well, especially with food where the wine simply shine. Still young and it shows with the tension and the little dryness on the finish. Air does help and adds silkiness on the palate to make me appreciate even more this wine. Very good+ (90)

Made of Sangiovese. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Alcohol level of 14%

Available at the SAQ for 29,90$ (Code SAQ : 00879841)

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Drank this winr along a 2012 Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riversa 2012. No winner, just two very good wine!

Duo Chianti 2012