Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spaghetti Red

I'm always on the lookout for an inexpensive red to knock down with plate of spaghetti with red sauce.  A  good spaghetti red needs flavor, tartness, and a dose of tannin to clear the palate.  It needs to be simple and drinkable without requiring heavy thought.

I found one with the 2009 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, a IGT Toscano wine.  The wine is primarily Sangiovese and that gives it forward and tart cherry fruit and grounds it into the Tuscany region.  There's also some cabernet sauvignon, a little merlot and some syrah blended into the wine.  That adds some depth and a little richness to the wine while not totally overwhelming the Sangiovese.  Good balance, good flavors and a nice finish to go with a simple dinner.

14% alcohol and $15.

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