Simone Santini 2005 "Tenuta Le Calcinaie" Chianti Colli Senesi ($16.00)
This very dark ruby wine shows bright flashes of reddish-violet against the light. Good, complex Chianti aromas focus on dried cherries and subtle spice, with a whiff of black pepper as a backdrop. Flavors are consistent with the nose, fresh fruit and snappy acidity in fine balance. Appetizing fruit and mouth-watering acidity make this young 2005 exceptional for immediate enjoyment. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio; Michael Skurnik Wines in New York, Vin DiVino in Chicago and other regional importers; from Mark de Grazia. (Dec 26, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a quick pasta dish of mezzi rigatoni with fresh tomato sauce and dollops of ricotta mixed with Pecorino Romano.



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