Cecchi 2011 Chianti Classico, $10.19-$14.99, 88 points, began in the glass as a deep ruby with shimmering hints of purple hues up to the broad clear rim.
Black olives, red cherry, and a slight floral note on the nose were pleasant.
The medium-plus very smooth body carried good acidity with comfortably enduring tannin.
Flavors of red fruit were rich, savory notes with cooking herbs subtle, and a hint of petrol (diminished quickly) were very good.
Finished on a trailing palate, roses, black pepper, and just a hint of the 13.5% alcohol.
Need a red wine for pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, Italian subs, lasagna, beef stews, and almost anything saucy? For about $10 you'll offer yourself and your guests a near perfect libation. No need to decant, but open and let breathe for at least a few minutes before serving.
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