Thursday, May 14, 2009

Melini Chianti Borghi d'Elsa 2007

Aged over 1 year in oak and made with a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 7% Malvasia and 3% Trebbiano, this dry red wine hails from around the San Gimignano area of Tuscany.

Dark ruby coloring with resinous, woody aromas and dark berry, with flavors of spice, coffee, sour cherry, noticeable tannins with a chalky finish.

The Melini family constructed their first winery in 1705 in Pontassieve, a village on the outskirts of Florence. Their wine was consumed locally until 1860, when Laborel Melini collaborated in developing the straw-covered glass flask (fiasco), which made it possible for wine to travel safely overseas.

Had this glass of wine paired with a panini with grilled chicken, brie, mushroom, tomatoes and pesto sauce at Masso in Long Island City.

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