Finds from the Vine: 2006 Santa Margherita Chianti Classico |

Finds from the Vine: 2006 Santa Margherita Chianti Classico

Jarrett Osborn
Eagle County CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio arrived in America in 1980, and it remains the most popular high-end Pinot Grigio in the U.S. Last year, Santa Margherita unveiled a new wine, a Chianti Classico from the region of the same name. Classico is a sub-region within Chianti, in the central Italian area of Tuscany. The 2006 Santa Margherita Chianti Classico is a new-world style, a little darker and richer than traditional Chiantis. Dark berry and cherry aromas and flavors dominate the wine, with rich oak and even a touch of cocoa and tobacco. This medium-bodied red still retains its Tuscan charm, with nice earth and game meat notes, and enough acidity to keep the wine balanced.

Count Gaetano Marzotto founded Santa Margherita in 1935. In 1980, Tony Terlato, founder of Paterno Imports, brought their Pinot Grigio to the U.S., and it quickly became a hit. The 2006 Chianti Classico is 100 percent Sangiovese, and aged in oak for less than a 12 months. This wine is $28.

Like most Tuscan wines, the 2006 Santa Margherita Chianti Classico opens up and comes alive when tasted with food, particularly tomato and meat sauces. Also try this wine with not-too-spicy barbecue ribs, grilled chicken and baked ham.

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