It was a frequently rainy and dreary day so I made stops at four different wine stores and made purchases at three of them, coming home with a very mixed case plus. Most of the wines are new to me but there were a couple of old friends in the mix and none cost more than $24.
One of them, pictured here, was a 2006 Luigi Cecchi & Figli Chianti Classico at $14 a bottle. The wine was a wonderful garnet color and had a bouquet of tart cherries and a little dry earth. The wine had a medium body and the both the fruit and earth seemed in good balance. Good acidity and smooth tannins finished made for a pleasant finish. There was not any tremendous depth to the wine, but for a table wine it was very good.
To go with it there was a grilled veal rib chop and some pasta. The chop was marinated for forty minutes in olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped fresh sage, thyme and rosemary, some red pepper flakes and a little lemon pepper. The pasta sauce was simple. There was a chopped Roma tomato and some fresh basil in a base of olive oil and butter. Some Asiago cheese was added at the last minute and the whole thing was tossed together.
Good food and good wine so it's a happy evening.