Tasty Note: Santa Caterina – Chianti DOCG 2011


The Wine: Santa Caterina – Chianti
Vintage (=year): 2011
Producer: Castelvecchio
Classified: DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
I Paid: ~$11
Grape: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo
Region/Location: Chianti – San Casciano Val di Pesa – Firenze (Tuscany)
A.B.V (Alcohol by Volume): 13.5%
Aged: half in concrete vats, half in barrique

My Tasting Notes:  Deep ruby red with aromas of sour cherry, blueberry, tea leaves, and hint of orange peel.  Soft, full, refreshing and flavourful on the palate with pretty red fruits.

The Verdict:   The flavours typical of Sangiovese without harsh tannins or high pricetags…what more can you want out of this cheap Tuscan date?!  A good Italian red tends to have a finesse that will leave you guessing…(a classy wine never gives up her secrets on the first sip!)

Great for: Pinot Noir haters, Chianti-lovers, pizza and pasta-eaters, fans of elegant fruit-driven (but not fruit-bomby) reds, those in search of an alternative to their favourite red blends.

Food Pairing Ideas:
Pasta (especially with tomato and meat sauce), salami and cheese, eggplant parmigiana, meat dishes, hamburgers, pizza

Aubrie Talarico

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