Friday, July 2, 2010

Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva, 2003

I paid $10 for a glass of this wine to accompany a $5.99 lunch entree--penne with marinara sauce--at Tre Bicchieri in downtown Columbus, Indiana. I have no complaints: the wine was worth every cent, and the simple tomato-based pasta sauce did not embarrass itself in such company.

Querceto has a Chianti that retails for about $8.99 and a Chianti Classico that sells for a couple of dollars more. This 2003 Classico Riserva is listed at $24.99 in wine stores, and it seems to me to be at its peak of maturity right now. There is a good measure of amber/brown at the rim, and the bouquet is showing complex scents of dark cherries, flowers and aromatic herbs. I could spend an evening just sniffing this wine. The wine is medium bodied with a full range of flavors on the mid-palate and a rich, concentrated finish.

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