Forget all the fancy names like Classico and Riserva, sometimes a basic Chianti like this one from Cecchi is all you really need.
Sample submitted for review. The Cecchi Chianti has an SRP of $20 and is available for as low as $10. Imported by Terlato Wines International. 80,000 cases produced.
The Cecchi family has always produced Chianti, and this traditional appellation represents the roots of Tuscan wine making. Produced primarily with Sangiovese grapes, Chianti is considered a timeless classic and Cecchi's style of Chianti is known for its superb freshness and complex structure. Perfect with every day meals and enjoyable during barbeques and picnics. Best served at 60F.
The 2017 Cecchi Chianti opens with a really attractive aroma of fresh berry fruit with a little spice and a hint of mint. Tasting the medium-bodied wine reveals a really good basic Chianti. This is a perfect wine to have on hand to pair with pizza and other Italian dishes. It's nothing fancy, it's just darn good. It features a smooth and soft mouthfeel, lots of juicy berry fruit and light touches of well-integrated spice. It ends dry and long with lingering fresh, tart fruit plus touches of spice and just a hint of earthiness.
This is exactly the way Chianti should be (not Classico or Riserva but just plain old Chianti) and that's a very good thing. You don't always need all the fancy names and adjectives, especially when you're looking for an inexpensive wine to pair with your $10 pizza!
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