Chianti Style: Typically what you find in Chianti's is medium-bodied, very dry wine, boasting firm tannins and veiled fruit flavors. They tend to be medium to high in acidity, with varying degrees tart cherry aromas and flavors.
Pairing: When done right, a Chianti can have complex, subtle, lingering flavors which make it a great match with many kinds of food. You'll find this wine pairs nicely with many tomato based Italian dishes and more specifically a rich red meat dishes like the succulent Bistecca Fiorentina or just your everyday homemade lasagna dish. The Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 is a food pairing champion.
Swirly, Sniffy and Slurp: This is the kind of wine that won't really be helped with those new aerators I see so many folks using today. That said, I recommend decanting for at least an hour before dinner [if you can] with a traditional decanter. For the first fly-by however I poured straight from the bottle and I gave this wine a few swirls in the glass revealing a vibrant ruby colored core. What you will find on the nose; dried cherry with smoky cedar. On the palate a dusting of cocoa flavor adding a layer of complexity to the savory ripe plum and touch of strawberry which round out this wonderful Chianti Classico that has a New World vibe, while tipping its cap to Old World at the same time.
The ABV: For all the old-world snobs who maybe lurking in the audience, just so you know this wine weighs in at a mere 13% alcohol, and still it packs in a boat-load of wonderful fruit flavors and aromas.
Price and Where to Find: You can find this delightful wine at your local BevMo [who sells it for $17.99] and can also be found at a majority of your neighborhood Costco locations where it sells for just under $13 everyday. Both stores have it in stock and ready to roll.
My Recommendation: When the urge to grab for some Italian food overwhelms you, it just maybe a good idea to have some of this drink now and drink often wine standing by to compliment your next meal. It is inexpensive enough to purchase by the case or to just have a few bottles hanging around in the pantry.
Full Disclosure: This wine was sent as a sample for the review process.
What's the Score: I give this wine a solid 90 points and QPR champ, that I'd label a best-buy.
Other Voices: Ken gave this wine 88 points and had this to say,"It also displays a round mouth-feel and is very approachable. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are dusty and linger for quite a while. This wine is food friendly." Ken's wine guide
Until next time everyone sip long and prosper, cheers!