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Benedetto

Benedetto
2016 Chianti Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Shellfish

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$5.99
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Benedetto
2016 Chianti Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Shellfish

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry compote, melted toffee, and smoked nut with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long nuts, plum, apple, and cedar bark finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A pure, spot on, fruit-driven Chianti Classico that hits all the right notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: cherry compote, melted toffee, and smoked nut
Taste Flavor: nuts, plum, apple, and cedar bark
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Linguini with Red Clam Sauce, Meatball Sandwich, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pure, spot on, fruit-driven Chianti Classico that hits all the right notes.

The Importer

G.K. Skaggs

The Importer
100 Pacifica, Suite 450
Irvine, CA 92618
USA
1 949-752-1500

Their Portfolio

Tuscany Chianti Classico

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Chianti Classico is one of the world's most familiar and well-loved red wines. It is produced from a zone in central Tuscany between the cities of Florence to the north and Siena to the south.

The principal grape in Chianti Classico is Sangiovese; a minimum of 80% of this grape must be included in a Chianti Classico, unlike other Chiantis from nearby zones. Other grapes that van be included in the blend for a Chianti Classico include traditional varieties such as Canaiolo and Colorino or even international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. While a small percentage of local white varieties were once mandated for inclusion in a Chianti Classico, those white grapes are currently not permitted in the blend.

Chainti Classicos tend to be medium-bodied, while a Riserva offering (aged longer in wood) is richer. Most examples of Chianti Classico are enjoyable upon release and drink well for three to seven years; the Riserva offerings can age for a decade or more.

The wines have a pleasant red cherry flavor profile along with tart acidity and a light cedar, earthy finish. They pair well with foods such as poultry, lighter red meats and pastas with marinara sauce.