Monday, February 2, 2009


Coming in at around $9.99 a bottle, the 2006 Il Tarocco Chianti Classico is difficult to beat. Not because it's the best, but because it has it all. The very Italian, mod label makes the wine seem far more expensive than it really is; no cartoon animals, or catchy names here. Flavor-wise, its classic simple Chianti, all cherries, spice and earth. It has a bit of elegance, something you don't often find in cheaper bottles, along with balance and a nice finish. It was perfect with puttanesca and would be great with any other red sauce. The perfect bottle to bring to a dinner party where you want to impress people without spending a lot of money. Great taste and elegance in a cheap bottle that looks and acts like a $20 bottle. What a find!

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