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2007 Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 

Tuscany, Italy

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$14-$21 Retail

The historic Classico zone — recognized be a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) in the heart of central Italy's Tuscany region — refers to one of the original production areas of chianti. The Corsinis began farming their family's estate vineyards in 1427 and constructed a classic Tuscan Renaissance villa and cellars (now a national monument) in the early 1700s. It is now a certified organic winery. The Corsinis' well-crafted Le Corti is composed of 95 percent old-vine sangiovese blended with 5 percent canaiolo. The wine was fermented in temperature-controlled open-air tanks followed by a year's aging in cement vats and large wooden casks. It offers aromas of red currant, black berry fruit, a hint of earthiness and a leathery undertone. On the palate, taste black cherry, plum, cocoa and spice notes with a mid-palate flavor bump that defines this harmonious, well-balanced bottling, finishing with supple tannins, minerality and bright acidity. Open an hour before serving for best results. Drink it with cured, grilled or roasted meats, pasta dishes, game, complex cheeses like aged Asiago, pizza and lasagna. Buy it at: Swirl Wines, Elio's Wine Warehouse and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Maximo's and Ceasar's Deli.

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