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Villa Puccini

Villa Puccini
2018 Chianti Riserva DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Tuscany Chianti Riserva

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
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Villa Puccini
2018 Chianti Riserva DOCG

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Tuscany Chianti Riserva

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12.5%
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of grilled almonds, pomegranate, dried herb melange, clove, and rose petals with a satiny, crisp, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long dried cherry, tobacco, graphite, and menthol finish. A tasty, complex Chianti that checks all the boxes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: grilled almonds, pomegranate, dried herb melange, clove, and rose petals
Taste Flavor: dried cherry, tobacco, graphite, and menthol
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty, complex Chianti that checks all the boxes.

The Importer

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The Importer
1021 1/2 Saville Ave
Eddystone, PA 19022
USA
1 610-872-1500

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Tuscany Chianti Riserva

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
The Chianti zone, situated between the cities of Florence and Siena in Tuscany, constitutes the zone where a Chianti normale can be produced. The wine is made primarily with Sangiovese, with other grapes in the blend being local varieties such as Canaiolo or Colorino or international varieties such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chianti normale is light to medium-bodied with red cherry fruit, moderate tannins and tart acidity; it has always been popular in restaurants, especially as the prices are moderate. Drink young (one to two years of age) with pizza, lighter pastas and simple chicken or pork dishes.