"Come boy, and pour for me a cupGaius Valerius Catullus
Of old Falernian. Fill it up
With wine, strong, sparkling, bright, and clear;
Our host decrees no water here.
Let dullards drink the Nymph's pale brew,
The sluggish thin their blood with dew.
For such pale stuff we have no use;
For us the purple grape's rich juice.
Begone, ye chilling water sprite;
Here burning Bacchus rules tonight!"
The wine last night was a 2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico, my last bottle from this particular vintage purchased several yeas ago. Dinner was a flattened chicken bathed in fresh thyme, oregano, rosemary, garlic, fennel and olive oil. It was a wonderfully fragrant meal and so was the wine. The aromas were tart fruit and dry summer earth. The taste was dry, tart cherries, precise tannins and that particular sense of earth that makes Chianti unique when made correctly. This wine was more than correct - it was delicious.
2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico. 14% alcohol and $28.