After spending the past few nights enjoying juicy, spicy, dense Cabernets, I felt the need for a light, dry, crisp glass that could accompany dinner of brown rice with sharp cheddar and portabellas, broccoli with pecorino and sesame tempeh. I decided upon a bottle of Fattoria Del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi 2009. The majority of the vineyard is DOC registered for Vino Nobile Montepulciano, it actually is the largest private estate that produces Vino Nobile. The villa on the estate has gorgeous suites and offers in addition to wine tastings, a restaurant, cooking classes and environmentally friendly energy.
Homey, comforting aromas of currents, anise and vanilla reminiscent of an Italian cookie rose from the dark ruby in my glass. Graceful, summer-like flavours of cherry and strawberry flourished in the medium body. The pecorino brought to light hints of a soft leathery undertone. The smooth, concise finish displayed a bright acidity alongside interesting earthy elements and lingering licorice notes. Crisp and refreshing, and very at home on the table, this is an easy drinking glass that keeps you reaching for more.
90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero
Estate Bottled by Saiagricola S.P.S. Montepulciano
Enjoy now thru 2016
* Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator
Fattoria Del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi 2010
Whilst quite similar to the light summery spirit of the 2009 vintage, there are more cozy, welcoming warm leather aromas and flavours. Rather than the bright acidity, enjoyably dry tannins and earthy elements provide balance, and hints of spicy white pepper contribute zip in the pleasantly spicy finish. Cheerful and friendly, this is a wonderful value and a great companion at the table.
$9 [Although I have seen it priced up to $16]
Enjoy now thru 2014
Rated 88 points by the Wine Advocate