Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pratale Chianti Classico 2014


A very smooth Chianti Classico is what you'll get with Pratale's 2014 blend. Made in the Italian region of Tuscany, Chianti Classico wines are composed primarily from Sangiovese grapes.  Other varietals such as Mammalo, Colorino and Canaiolo, get added according to winemaking traditions.

The term 'classico' is used in certain landscape-specific regions in Italy, setting them apart from standard Italian wines.  In Chianti, the Classico labels will include the black cockerel symbol to designate it as DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita).  This DOCG designation is the highest classification that an Italian wine can get, ensuring that the product meets Italy's strictest guidelines.  These include: permitted grape varieties, ripeness, winemaking procedures and limits on yield.  What's more, bottles will have a numbered, government-issued seal around the neck to prevent counterfeiting. 



What I like about the Pratale Chianti Classico is that there are hints of ripe cherries and plums.  There is an all around balance of fruit and tannins to this medium-bodied, ruby-colored wine, which makes it palatable with red sauce pastas.  Try it with any dish that is mildly-spicy, and use your favorite wineglasses to enjoy a glass or two of it.  

Saluti!

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