Querceto 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva ($25.00)
This clear, dark-garnet wine could serve as a benchmark standard for young Chianti Classico Riserva: Subtle black cherry aromas with complex notes of earthy spice. Similar on the palate, black cherry and clean, earthy loam, gently tannic, Euro-style subtle oak and bright, food-friendly Chianti-style acidity. US Importer: P.W.I. Co., NYC. (Apr 8, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Served with an Easter buffet, it went particularly well with ham and assorted cheeses. It would be a natural with grilled beef or chicken, and its snappy acidity would certainly work - although it might be overkill - with stereotypical tomato-sauced pasta dishes.

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