WINE OF THE MONTH- NOVEMBER

I’m always looking for a great Italian red on Sunday nights to go with my pasta and homemade tomato sauce, but great tasting, widely available, affordable Chiantis are hard to come by these days. My wine of the month choice for November was recently chosen as one of the Top 100 Wines of the year by Wine Spectator, has widespread availabilty and shows potential to improve with age.

MARCHESI DE FRESCOBALDI CHIANTI RUFINA CASTELLO DI NIPOZZANO RISERVA 2004, 90 Points, $20, 131,000 Cases Made

A classic chianti-style, with lifted fruit aromas of blackberry and black cherry with notes of herbs and vanilla. Well-balanced, fruity body of cherry stone, blackberry and herbs with undertones of minerality and light chocolate in the finish. Lots of fruit in the length, fine tannins add balance.

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