"Via Firenze" 2005 Chianti ($7.99)
Clear ruby, with sunset glints of reddish-orange against the light. Black cherries and light spice, typical of Chianti, a bit on the shy side. More open on the palate, bright tart-cherry fruit and snappy acidity, with more than a touch of tannic astringency carrying into the finish. Nothing fancy, but as a Chianti should be, a fine food wine at an old-fashioned, rational 12% alcohol. US Importer: North Lake Wines, Madera, Calif. (Sep 6, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Modest Chianti is stereotypical with pasta in tomato sauce, and fine with red meat. This one made an appealing match with a meatless dinner salad, caprese made tricolor with red, yellow and green heirloom tomatoes. The wine married nicely with the fresh tomatoes and creamy fresh mozzarella, and it really sang with the fresh basil.

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