Ruby red, aromatic, piquant, and juicy, Chianti transfers its terroir with unexpected transparency. Visit a Chianti Classico producer, taste his or her wines, go home to New York or Florida or Michigan or Colorado or wherever, open a bottle, pour it, and one serious whiff will immediately transport you to that one place where the wine was made. Chianti has sat at the center of Tuscan winemaking for millennia for good reason. It's a wine that sings its roots in its dusty cherry-berry-earthy-herby-flowery palate. It makes food dance. It hugs you from the inside with all the warmth of the Tuscan sun. And it's deeply underappreciated.
Today, I'm delighted to present a great under $20 Chianti Classico La Maialina. Run by renowned enologist Attilio Pagli, La Maialina takes a very traditional approach to making his wines, and this wine's spicy, dusty palate that bursts with fruit and piques the tongue with its acidity says much about the estate's success. Cold weather calls for heart-warming, easy-drinking wines to have on hand for friends and family; this La Maialina Chianti Classico fits that need perfectly.
Like Toscana's Chianti Classico, Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertin is a wine that warms from within, and today's offer has more than 65 of this region's wildly elegant wines, all on sale. Finally, really big, really important wines deserve really large, very dramatic bottles, so the twelve-liter bottle of 1988 Le Pergole Torte feels like a natural fit. Get this wine, open it at your next big dinner gathering, and bask in the appreciation. Sangiovese doesn't get much better than this!