Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Poggio al Casone Chianti Riserva DOCG 2005
This organic vineyard is located in the Hills of Pisa, in the district of Crespina of the Colline Pisane production zone in Tuscany.
This 100% Sangiovese Chianti Riserva is aged in large oak casks for two years with further aging in bottle. On the nose heady herbal notes preview earthy aromas laced with blackberries, dark chocolate, licorice, and a medium weight. Flavors of ripe sour cherries, roasted nuts, dark perfumed summer fruits, then coming full circle back to the licorice on the back-end. Finishes with a bright acidity and a pleasant balance with mild tannins... a very easy drinking but delicious wine, 12.5% alcohol.
I paired this with a dinner of Peruvian roasted chicken with a spicy green salsa and avocado salad, and saved some wine to try with a wedge of Peruvian dark chocolate. I know chocolate and red wine isn't the easiest pairing in the world but I thought this one worked really well.
Full disclosure: This bottle was a complimentary sample for Vigna Uva Vino from Poggio al Casone.