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Colognole Chianti Rufina 2003

In preparation of cleaning up the plethora of leaves and branches scattered all over my patio from Hurricane Irene, I plucked a bottle of Colognole Chianti Rufina 2003 with a DOCG label out of my wine bar rack. I purchased it a few weeks back and sort of forgot it was there. [Clearly a foreshadow?]  
It had an amiable woody vanilla smell, and my first sip was all oak. The oaky taste was pleasant, but that was the only taste. Fruit and floral flavours were nowhere to be found. The finish was pleasantly mellow and dry. Even though I wanted to say it was thin, there was a nice medium body. It wasn’t bitter or acidic, but it wasn’t juicy or fun. It didn’t improve with my snack of cheese on toast. So of course I kept refilling my glass, trying to figure out exactly what the problem was. There was nothing that jumped out at me, either good or bad. So I’ll say it was neutral, sort of boring if you will. My fiancé aptly condensed my entire experience with the Colognole when I asked him to try it and see if he could bring to light the terminology I was looking for: “You forget you tasted it as soon as you put the glass down”.

95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino
Chianti Rufina
Estate Bottled
13.5% Alcohol

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