Tue 11 May 2010
Posted by Pinto Naravane under Wine and Food
This past week I had a trio of Italian reds that I really enjoyed.
Barolo’s are best when they have some age to them. I try not to drink a Barolo that’s younger than 15 years. But recently, I was recommended the 2003 Veglio Michelino e Figlio. For $28, this just might represent the best Barolo value wine I’ve ever had. Aged in large oak casks for at least two years, this Nebbiolo-based wine is a beauty.
The 2006 Corzano e Paterno Chianti Riserva I Tre Borri is 100% Sangiovese matured in barriques for 1 year. It has nice fruit and gamey notes, nice structure, and nice finish. With 5.8 g/L total acidity and a pH of 3.5, this wine is made to be partnered with food. We had it with our Mother’s Day dinner made by my 10-year old boy Austin – homemade marinara sauce with crab meat over a bed of pasta. Delicious.
The 2006 Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva is 100% Sangiovese aged in barrel for more than 2 years. It has nice fruit, beautiful structure, well integrated tannins, and a nice finish. This is a well-made, elegant wine that will age easily for 15 years. $54.