Friday, September 6, 2013

Chianti Classico

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. 

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