Friday, September 6, 2013
There's been a dearth of Chianti in my life recently and there really isn't a reason for it. I still have a number of bottles from both the 2004 and 2006 vintages in the cellar but they require some effort to get to them. I was in a different store two days ago and saw a very fairly priced bottle and brought it home. The wine was a 2008 Piccini Chianti Classico. List price was $25 and it was on sale for $14.
Dinner is pictured above - a pan seared pork chop with sauteed shallots, garlic, and halved cherry tomatoes in a balsamic vinegar sauce. Very good meal. As for the wine, it had a little bit every thing that makes Chianti good. There were flavors of bright, tart cherries, a sense of earthiness, great acid, moderate alcohol and a dry finish. It just didn't have enough of any of those characteristics. At $25 I would have been disappointed in this wine, but at $14 it was fairly priced and washed down a good dinner with ease. Time to pull out an upgrade from the cellar....
2008 Piccini Chainti Classico. $14 and 13% alcohol.