2014 Poggio Civetta Chianti Classico Riserva

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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!