We had this Piccini Chianti 2103 at Cafe Salar in Lymm with their Margherita pizza. The pizza was a disaster. However, this wine is an absolute triumph. We've had it before and enjoyed it but thought this time it was worthy of a review.
The bold orange-labeled 2013 Piccini Chianti is a blend of 95 percent Sangiovese and 5 percent Ciliegiolo. In Italian, Ciliegio is the word for cherry tree, which explains the Ciliegiolo grape’s color and flavor, and the underlying taste of this wine.
Sangiovese is the principal red grape of Tuscany and contributes the wine’s very attractive black cherry color, aroma and flavor. Its savoriness is balanced by soft tannins and a modest 13 percent alcohol.
By blending only indigenous grapes, the 2013 Piccini Chianti allows you to understand what a delightful treat Chianti is when tradition is honored instead of subverted by the use of the international grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The 2013 Piccini Chianti is the glass of wine you want to drink with dishes ranging from pizza to roast chicken to a pizza Margherita —and while contemplating that credit card bill sitting on your desk.
A lovely bottle of Italian Chianti wine!