2014 Cecchi Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy

Over the years I have been an outspoken advocate of what does and what does not matter on a wine label, and when it comes to Chianti there is a word that defines a separation in quality.  When you see the word “Classico” behind the word Chianti it means the wine is definitely in a class above anything solely labeled Chianti.

Usually the Sangiovese grape has fresh fruity flavors of strawberry and a little spiciness, but can take on oaky, even tarry, flavors with barrel aging. In 2014 the fruit was bigger and bolder in flavor showing less of a strawberry character leaning more towards black cherry nuances and freshly tilled soil. The tannic structure may be a bit large but will handle acidic dishes like fresh Pomodoro sauce or Chicken Cacciatore with ease.

Excellent | $22 | 13.0% ABV


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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