Chianti Classico is the flagship wine of the Cecchi family.
The wine is characterized by an intense, ruby red color, which tends towards granite with aging. On the palate, it is harmonized by a dry, full flavor. On the nose, it is full, rich and vinous, characterized by hints of violets.
The label on this bottle promises it to be good now and better later. Promise kept. The first thing that stands out is the lovely garnet color. And then there is the floral bouquet. The wine has the delicacy and mouthfeel of an Oregon pinot noir, but much less fruit. Tannins are controlled, and I enjoyed Cecchi with a pesto cheese bruschetta better than by itself. Like pinot noir, this sangiovese is versatile and won't overpower more deliate dishes. Overall, this is a good deal for less than $15.