Cortese turns out consistently pretty wines, and here's a modest approach to a very hot vintage. Lots of barnyard hints in the nose, with a sharp edge in the middle. Yet there's a light note lacking in most 2003s.
Inviting aromas of blueberry, black plum and boysenberry pie lead to a supple, juicy palate of black fruit, licorice, vanilla and a pleasant hint of tar. Drink soon, while the sweet fruit is the primary component.
Made with grapes grown in the Montalbano district of Chianti, which is located between the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena, the 2003 Palladio Chianti is the real deal. Elegant, with a touch of dusty earthy aromas followed by a mouthful of red-berry freshness, this new-style Chianti will pair seamlessly with dinners of roast chicken, pasta or pizza. - Leslie Sbrocco