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Pizzolato

Pizzolato
2016 Chianti Classico DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .53%
Organically Grown Grapes
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99
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Pizzolato
2016 Chianti Classico DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .53%
Ruby color. Aromas of mixed berry fruit leather, strawberry, potters clay, rose hip jam, and roasted mushrooms with a crisp, dryish full body and a medium-long black pepper and caramelized squash finish. A tasty and balanced Chianti with great table-appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: mixed berry fruit leather, strawberry, potters clay, rose hip jam, and roasted mushrooms
Taste Flavor: black pepper and caramelized squash
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty and balanced Chianti with great table-appeal.

The Importer

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The Importer
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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.