Anyhoo - the wine above is one Herself got in the new offie in the village, before Xmas for the not inconsiderable price of $19-95, a Brancaia 2006 from Tuscany. Reading the back label this appears to be a budget Supertuscan of sorts, with the usual Sangiovese, Merlot and Cab Sav. For this dough I'd expect a lot and while this wine was pleasant and well balanced, neither of us thought it was worth that money, unf. Herself had also bought a bottle for my oenophile elder Bro, so it'll be interesting to see what he thinks of it.
Lastly we are drinking the Lidl Chianti I bought earlier in the week as I write but firstly I should comment on the Lidl Vacqueyras I picked up at the same time and which we again loved, especially at the reduced price of €9-59, or some other odd amount, great value for a complex, dark, delicious old world taste.
Now the Chianti which was purchased for the piddling amount of €7-39. I didn't have time to decant this for more that about 10 minutes so when we first tasted it, there wasn't much going on and to be honest at this point in the proceedings, I wouldn't have been upset if this had stayed as it was because generally, you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. However, after an hour or so this opened up and started to taste quite pleasant and Chianti-ish. If you like thsi style you could do worse than have a punt on this.