Monday, July 28, 2014
Italian Wine With Italian Food
When you drink wine in a restaurant, especially by the glass, there simply is no way to think of it as a deal. So today’s wine - at $9 a glass on the wine list at Da Pasquale in Beverly Hills - may not look like such a great deal at first glance, but it sure does taste like one. And, considering that you can find this jaw-dropper for under ten bucks a bottle, the value is definitely there.
The 2011 La Maialina Chianti - named “Little Pig” to honor a centuries-old Tuscan pig breed - is crafted by respected Tuscan winemaker Attilio Pagli, who now also creates wine in Argentina’s Mendoza region. This wine offers a great expression of the Sangiovese grape and yet another good reason to pair Italian wine with Italian food. The grape's acidity makes for a perfect meal accompaniment.
The wine has a medium ruby tint and beautiful aromas of cherries and roses, hot from the sun, dominate the nose. Tobacco notes come forward after it has been in the glass a while. On the palate, there is more great cherry expression, also turning darker with time. Great tannins, nice acidity and a medium-full mouthfeel make for a wine that’s easy to drink and pairs well with food. It was particularly nice with my lasagna Napolitana.
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