Caposaldo 2005 Chianti ($8.99)
Clear, dark garnet, with reddish-violet glints against the light. Black cherries, warm dried plums and a whiff of spice on the nose; dark fruit and good, fresh acidity on the palate, adding a drying touch of soft tannic astringency in the finish. Youthful, simple, but nicely balanced, rational 12.5% alcohol, and fine with food. A modern Chianti blend of three-fourths Sangiovese, just a bit of white Malvasia, and 10 percent each of the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. US Importer: Kobrand Corp., NYC. (Oct 30, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Mouth-watering acidity makes it a fine match with the tangy tomato sauce, mixed toppings and creamy mozzarella cheese on a well-made "Quattro Stagione" pizza from a good local shop.



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