95 points from James Suckling. Seriously. 95 points. I have no idea what that even means. For what? It’s not the best Chianti at BC Liquor let alone the best Chianti available in the province. It’s a very good Chianti. Period. It’s like a 90 point red wine if in fact you must rate wine.
James Suckling: I call him the Peter “great movie” Travers of wine reviewers. No shade on Travers, but if there was one aspect of his career that hovered above everything it was his name in print, on posters, on signage, in ads. He gave more space to “Rolling Stone” than the actual Rolling Stones. And Suckling seems much the same; he loves to see his name in print. 95 points will get your name in print. But how meaningless. And for the average drinker, the person who doesn’t rate wine, who may buy this bottle purely on the points and review, how misguided. It educates the novice nothing. It diminishes the value of professional reviews. And it blatantly exploits the privilege accorded to tasters who don’t pay the exorbitant prices for vino.
Anyhoo… Decent Chianti. I would head over to the Nebbiolo we loved and Gismondi highly recommended and which was for a month on sale. It may not be Sangiovese, but on the palate and the pocketbook it’s better wine, better value, higher satisfaction, no points decal.
Price: $33 at BC Liquor. If you can see the price tag behind the 95 points signage.
Market Liquidity: Wine success, poinster fail.