I'm always in search a a solid Italian wine that hits a high note at a reasonable price. Often, I find something nice from the Chianti Classico region. While I have plenty of customers that will fill a bathtub full of Brunello and drink it all, I detect a bit of snobbery towards the little sister of Brunello. Of course, when I serve it with a meal, the canned response is "This is Chianti? Its really nice.?
My response - "Duh" .
Personally, I am a big fan of Chianti Classico with a preference towards a Riserva. So, I will share with you what is currently in my glass...
Everything I said above applies to this wine. Made from 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. this wine is elegant with aromas of dark sour cherry, dried flowers, cola, and sandalwood. On the palate, it is full-bodied and well integrated. It could easily age gracefully for another 10 years, but I like where it is right now.
It will make a great pairing with a hearty pasta, veal or chicken marsala, or grilled lamb. And certainly, pizza!