LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: January 24

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Rocca delle Macìe Riserva 2014 Chianti DOCG (Tuscany, Italy)

Sale $13.95, Regular $15.95
Discount (until January 28): $2.00
Vintages #111641 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Red and black berries, plum, wood spice, balsam/cedar and dusty earth. Nice texture, dry, easy drinking.
Pairs with: Red-sauces, pizza, meatballs, bavette, steak pie, hard cheese, Philly cheese steak, mushrooms in any form.
Good for: Geeking out on music videos, shopping online, or pondering a renovation. (That pretty much sums up my week so far.)
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now to 2020.

Why we're drinking this
The question is: can you get a good wine for under $15? And yes, indeed you can. We did a tasting session with the folks from Rocca last summer and worked through many wines in their lineup. They were all very good. And when a winery can make a solid wine like this one at this price you feel more confident investing twenty or thirty bucks (or more) in their premium wines. But you’ll do well enough with this wine, a nice little Sangiovese-led blend which has a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot added to round it out. Good Chianti is all you really need. Here’s your house wine for January-February 2018.

Tasting note
Pretty and pretty hefty nose of plum, red and black berries, forest floor, oak spice and coffee-chocolate. A lot of complexity for the price. It’s a very dry wine, but generous with fruit and spice. It’s a nice textbook Chianti with that dusty, leafy quality that we Chianti-lovers are so in love with. Packed with fruit and nice texture, it’s a good sipper. The tannins are present but smooth, with just enough heft to take on a cheesy or fatty dish or a big steak. But it’s best with easygoing foods like pizza, pasta, charcuterie, etc.

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