LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: February 23

Frescobaldi 2013 Chianti Nipozzano Riserva DOCG (Chianti, Italy)

Sale $18.95, Regular $21.95
Discount (until Feb. 26): $3.00
LCBO #107276 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Sour red cherries with a touch of herbal-savoury. Dry, but juicy.
Pairs with: Pizza, pasta and red sauce, roast pork and chicken. Simple stuff, but with herbs and some black pepper.
Good for: Impressing the in-laws or future in-laws (it’s a good looking label!)
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
If you’ve tried many Chiantis lately you might be struck by the range of style these wines can express. From dry and austere to smooth and luscious, but always with a prominent cherry fruit flavour and a savoury, almost leafy, quality. Even with this flavour profile—which can depend on producer or vintage—Chianti is generally a pretty easygoing wine that most people will enjoy. (Though it can be very serious, too, but at a very serious price.) This one, from one of Italy’s most respected producers, is always reliable. Though, to be honest, it’s good value on sale. For $3 more, it’s fair but no bargain.

Tasting note
Somewhat reserved on the nose, but with pretty cherry and raspberry scents and some herbal tones. Refreshing, with a little rustic woody character. Just a touch of oak and vanilla on the nose, but less so on the palate. Good cherry and red berry flavours, with dried and fresh herbs and a firm fruity finish. Solid Chianti, great for every-night dining on pizza, red sauced pasta, grilled bavette, roast chicken and herbed pork.

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Frescobaldi Chianti Nipozzano Reserva (Chianti, Italy)

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