Querceto 2014 Chianti ($10.99)

Querceto 2014 Chianti

Dark purple, almost black at the center, shading to a clear garnet edge. Impressions of fresh black cherries and a hint of dried cherry on the nose carry over intact in the flavor with palate-cleansing acidity and soft tannins, with an even-handed 12.5% alcohol. It’s clean, balanced and fits the Chianti style; on the simple side, but elevated by its fresh fruit and good acidic balance. U.S. importer: Prestige Wine Imports Corp., NYC. (Feb. 11, 2016)

FOOD MATCH: A classic match with spaghetti with meatballs and mushrooms with garlic and Parmigiano Reggiano. Chianti goes well beyond the tomato-sauce stereotypes, though: Try it with rare char-grilled steaks or even quality burgers, or with sliced Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

WHEN TO DRINK: Although it’s not meant for long aging, its fruit and simple but elegant balance suggest that this very young wine may benefit from two to even five years stored on its side in a cool place

VALUE: At $11 it’s definitely worth buying a case. Wine-Searcher.com reports an average $12 retail price for all vintages of this good-value Chianti.

Importer Prestige Wine Imports offers a fact sheet on the winery at this link. From there, click the “Wines” button for more details on all the Querceto wines including the Chianti.

You’ll find The Querceto winery website and its fact sheet on the Chianti at the links, but note that they are in Italian only.

Find sources and compare prices for Querceto Chianti on Wine-Searcher.com. The importer also invites inquiries on where to buy its wines in the U.S. via info@prestigewineimports.com.

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