Castello d'Albola 1998 Chianti Classico Riserva ($19.99)
Very dark ruby, with a reddish glint. Spice and black plum aromas add a distinct note of dark chocolate with airing. Tart black-fruit and spicy oak flavors give way to warm tannins and lemon-squirt acidity in the finish. US Importer: Wine Wave Inc., Jericho, N.Y. (Feb 16, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: You can thank that lingering, almost sour tartness for Chianti's particularly affectionate marriage with tomato-sauced Italian dishes. It was a fine match with rigatoni and sausage in a spicy, fennel-laced tomato sauce.
WEB LINK: http://www.albola.it/english/home.htm
FIND THIS WINE ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com
Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.
Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.