Fattoria Monsanto Fabrizio Bianchi 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva, $15.29-$19.99, 90 points, poured a bright ruby trending pomegranate red toward the broad clear wine ring at the leggy glass edge.
Aromatic cherries and flowers with a hint of marzipan were excellent.
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin managed well the flavors of cherries, plum, truffle, licorice, and dried cooking herbs.
Finished long on warm spices, pomegranate, and a sweet-spot 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with my sauced cover baby-back ribs; dessert was milk and dark chocolates, of which I thought the milk was a better pairing.
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