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Cavaliere d’Oro

Cavaliere d’Oro
2016 Chianti Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14.99

Cavaliere d’Oro
2016 Chianti Classico

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Light garnet color. Aromas of nutmeg, cassis, and earth with a silky, lively, medium body and a smooth, brisk underripe cherry, carob, and cinnamon finish with moderate oak flavor. An earthy Chianti to match with creamy pastas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World
Aroma Aroma: nutmeg, cassis, and earth
Taste Flavor: underripe cherry, carob, and cinnamon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Fettuccini Alfredo, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An earthy Chianti to match with creamy pastas.

The Producer or Importer

Treasury Wine Estates

The Producer or  Importer
300 Lakeside Drive Suite 2500
Oakland, CA 94612
USA
-707-259-4519

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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.