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

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”
by Benjamin Franklin

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.