2006 Bindella Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

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He says: On first taste, I wasn’t that impressed, but after time, this wine really wowed me. Serves me right.

She says: This wine was typical Italian: cherry, earthy, with a rustic nature that evolved into elegance.

2006 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tradizionale

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He says: I’d hold off on this unless you are ordering the steak special at the Olive Garden.

She says: With royalty depicted on the label, I expected more tradition from this Chianti Classico!

2006 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

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He says: A well-structured wine with strong acidity and finely-balanced tannins make this a great match for tomato-based Italian dishes or a take-out pizza.

She says: Whilst it was the better of the two in this tasting, it appears to be developing at a slower rate than the 2005 which was drinking beautifully this time last year.

Wine truths

“In vino veritas. (In wine there is truth.)”
by Pliny, Roman naturalist

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.