About two years ago I found a special deal on a gift pack of two wines from Candoni Wines. The gift pack wasn't what sold Shirley and I on the purchase, it was the label.
The gift pack included a bottle of Merlot and a bottle of Pinot Grigio, of which we opened at a dinner dance held during my annual military reunion. Both wines were well liked by all of us at our table. Since then I have found the wines sold separately at various wine shops and recently, we found their Chianti.
First, the label. Each Candoni bottle is rendered a unique piece of art by a serigraph reproduction of an Etruscan fresco painting. Serigraphy is the technique of permanently applying color through the use of screens of woven silk. Ceramic colors are applied to the surface of the glass, which is subsequently subjected to heat treatments that render the color indelible. I hope some of you understand this, I don't, but the labels are surreal.
Secondly, the wine; Candoni Chianti DOCG 2007. A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot.
Nice Ruby red color with with lots of blackberry and almond aromas and a nice long finish.
This is truly a very good Chianti. I've been enjoying this with a plateful of Chedder and Fontina cheeses. This wine will also do very well with a thick juicy T-bone or a meaty beef stew.
Even better, I found this wine on-line for under $9. I bought it at a Harris Teeter grocery store in Virgina Beach, Va. for $11. At that price....
Take it from an amateur wine lover.....Great Buy!!