Happy Monday! I just got back from the gym and now I'm cooking dinner, and what goes better with cooking than a nice glass of wine? Tonight I've opened a bottle of 2010 Spalletti Chianti Classico Riserva that I bought recently during the Wines Till Sold Out "Cheapskate Marathon" which is always a favorite event!
The wine is a bright garnet color in the glass with great clarity as is typical with a nice Chianti. The nose is pure Tuscan Sangiovese, with earthy aromas of leather, smoke and peat over a fruit foundation of ripe plum and blackberry. The taste takes be back to a lunch of Tuscan Toast I had in Florence back in 1995, with some ripe blackberry and plum at the outset that transitions effortlessly to some notes of peat and nearly Bordeaux style funk midpalate. The finish is very nice, as many mass produced Chianti have a very lackluster finish, but the tannins on this wine are well developed, providing for a long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nice example of a quality Chianti at a value price of just $15! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some Parmesan crusted walleye with lemon garlic butter, wild rice and some haricots verts almondine! What could be better with a nice Tuscan red than a mild fish married with butter, garlic and Parmesan? Cheers!