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Wine of the Week - 2011 Piccini Chianti $10

Dwight Casimere | 12/11/2013, 12:43 p.m.
The year 2013 will be remembered as one of uncertainty. Wall Street showed as many reasons to be pessimistic as ...

Rome---The year 2013 will be remembered as one of uncertainty. Wall Street showed as many reasons to be pessimistic as to be optimistic and consumer spending and confidence reports showed an accordion-like expansion and contraction of what turned out to be the same old tune of economic uncertainty. Enter Piccini 2011 Chianti for a shocking $10 a bottle. It's almost a sure bet to fill the void between high-end taste-setters and low end space fillers with a wine that has a bright, elegant flavor and a surprising amount of structure and balance for a relatively young, moderately priced wine. This wine doesn't have to prove itself. All of the wine pundits have chimed in with consistent 85 to 90 point ratings from all of the big oeniphic guns. The ultimate test, however, is right in your own kitchen, dining room, parlor or family room. That's where Piccini Chianti belongs over the course of this upcoming Season of Celebration. 126 years of winemaking can't be all wrong, and the Piccini's have been doing it right for every one of those years. From the first day in 1882 when Angiolo Piccini bought 15 acres of vineyard land in Tuscany's Poggibonsi village, he had the vision of building it from its humble beginnings into a winemaking powerhouse. After four generations, it is now a significant assemblage of four wineries covering a thousand acres across primte Tuscan vineyards. The result is a wine of noble character, with a bright, ruby red color, pronounced ripe and dried red fruit flavor and a hint of black cherry, burnt cedar and caramelized vanilla sticks. Sage-infused turkey, clove spiked ham, Ditka's thick cut pork chops with barbecue sauce (you can get them online or at the restaurant), and a mouthwatering grass-fed or buffalo rib-eye steak are just the ticket with this lunch, velvet-robed beauty. Don't be ashamed of her small price, take her for a date at your classiest event!

Remember to drink responsibly.