The Wine: Santa Caterina – Chianti
Vintage (=year): 2011
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