2009 CHIANTI CLASSICO
I never drink this wine without flashing back to the scene in Silence of the Lambs where Hannibal Lecter tells Clarise that he “…ate his liver with some fava beans and a fine chianti.” I mean that scene conjures up some fairly grotesque images in the mind; therefore, I rarely drink Chianti, but I do love it despite the scene from the movie. Since they weren’t serving fava beans or liver at the restaurant we had chosen, I decided we were safe and could go ahead and order a bottle of Chianti.
This particular bottle was a 2009 Chianti Classico (DOCG), Borgo Salcetino, Radda in Chianti, Siena, Italy. This particular vineyard lies in a small part of Tuscany between Florence and Siena. The wine had a dark chewy fruitiness with dark cherries and raspberries along with a cigar box finish. The wine is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo Nero with an alcohol content of 13% which seemed a little on the big side for a pizza at noon, but was a great way to start out our Sunday. This wine retails for $16.99 and tastes like a classic Sangiovese which always goes great with pizza. I highly recommend this wine with or without fava beans and well….
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