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Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2013
Chairman's SelectionTM
PLCB Code: 44557
Size: 750ML
Price: $14.99
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Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2013

Region:Italy > Tuscany > Chianti > Chianti Classico
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Alcohol Content:13.5%

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Average rating: two_full  2.00  (3 ratings)  Add a Rating

Average rating: two_full  2.00
(3 ratings)
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Rated by WharfRat on June 26, 2019
Both labels were poorly applied, realized when I got home but figured it was coincidental. Bore no resemblance to sangiovese. Nose was reductive and a touch medicinal, and palate was odd. No cherries, earth or acidity. Over-the-hill, an imposter, or some other juju needs to justify why WS gave this a 92. Even with grade inflation, this was plain bad.

one_full one_full  1

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Rated by acorelli on July 22, 2019
Typical Chianti Classico. Cherries and a hint of dust. Medium body. Relatively high acidity means it needs food. (Labels seemed normal...)

three_full three_full  3+

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Rated by pavineco on August 18, 2019
not as bad as the 1 for me, but not nearly a 3 either. I found it overripe, lacking the telltale sangio acidity. Oddly, As I noted in a recent forum post, this wine was also a CS in early 2018. What has it been doing between now and then?

two_full two_full  2

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Mark - August 19, 2019 10:47AM

Sometimes the LCB agrees to buy only so much, and then if it sells OK then they buy more. I don't if that was the situation here but it would explain it. Also could explain the divergent reviews (high acidity vs. no acidity) if they came from different "lots."

Tom - August 21, 2019 11:13PM

The different "lots" could easily be completely different wines. I'm convinced it happens more often than we think.

acorelli - August 24, 2019 6:39PM

Here is Keith Wallace's review of the wine:

Final line of review: "Cafaggio Chianti Classico has aromas of cherry and cinnamon, with a chewy palate of cardamon and cassis. The finish offers up classic varietal fingerprints and a note of Chamomile.

91 Points, Outstanding."