Saturday, March 26, 2011

2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico

Only one wine this week because of work, but it was certainly a good one - a 2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico.  To start with there was some penne and tomatoes and spicy Italian sausage all cooked together in a skillet.  Red wine was necessary so we opened the Fontodi, the second of four bottles that I bought.

Rustic, red color in the glass and a wonderful aroma of earth and tart, red fruit.  It was nearly enough to just sit and sniff this wine.  Full bodied and full flavored, the tart red cherries were on one side of the tongue and the earthy, savory elements of soil, wood, herbs and a bit of smoke were on the other side.  They played off each other and neither ever got the upper hand.  At first sip the seemed that it would be sweet, but then it turned earthy and savory.  The sweetness came back on the lengthy finish but at the very end the acid washed away nearly everything but the desire for another sip.  The sweet and savory combination made this wine extraordinary. 

Great with the food but would have been great by itself. 

$32 and 14% alcohol.

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