Saturday, July 9, 2011

Chianti Classico

A break in the weather meant it was time to get in a serious red wine.  The Querciabella Chianti Classico certainly qualifies as a serious wine. 

There was a flank steak done on the grill after marinating in olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and anchovies for about twelve hours.  We added some fresh corn and a salad to complete the meal.

I opened the wine about an hour before dinner was ready and it was very closed.  Not too much coming out of the nose and a dry, earthy taste with little fruit.  I decanted the bottle and went ahead with cooking dinner.  When dinner was ready so was the wine.  Dark and sour cherries on the nose, with a good dose of earthiness.  Great fruit in the taste along with acid and tannin.  There was a smoky quality to the wine that I liked very much.  Smooth and mellow on the finish and bone dry at the very end.  It was virtually perfect with the food.   There's still some life ahead for this wine and I'll wait a couple of years for my last bottle.

$28 and 13.5% alcohol.

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