Sale $15.95, Regular
Discount (until February 2): $3.00
LCBO #741769 | 750 mL bottle
Tastes like: Ripe cherries and a field of herbs. Dusty earth. It’s fruit-driven, a bit woody, and dry and herbal.
Pairs with: Appetizers/antipasti, meat pasta, a massive veal on a bun (think: California Sandwiches).
Good for: The entire dinner.
Drink this: Now through 2017
Why we're drinking this
Sometimes you want a nice, approachable and honest wine that’s confident but not overly ambitious. That’s Chianti in a nutshell, and this is a fine example—now at a “house-wine” price. The Rocca is a bit of a sleeper—do not underestimate it.
This is over and above the usual stuff people “grab and gift,” yet the label’s familiar enough that you might see it on the table at a kids’ birthday party (on the adult table, that is). This wine hits above its peer group, with lovely cherry and spicy wood on the nose, and a quite dry palate bolstered by rich red-berry fruit. There’s herbs, a fair amount of vanilla oak, and a nice, crisp finish that makes you want another wee taste.
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This week's selection by wine writer and CityBites.ca Editor - Dick Snyder