Two things in wine life are certain:
1. Italy is one of the most awesome countries on the planet for wine.
2. However (capital H), good Chianti is hard to come by.
Allow me to assist. Put away visions of straw baskets, and journey off to Toscana (Tuscany) in your mind with this Weekend Wine Pick. Now make a gigantic bowl of pasta, (or other dishes suggested below!), uncork this Italian, & watch a Fellini movie. Live la dolce vita.
Castello d'Albola Le Ellere Chianti Classico (2008): 100% Sangiovese. 18 months in oak, 2 years in bottle. Cherry with dust on the nose and plenty of that telltale Tuscan brush, dried herbs (rosemary & thyme), and chunky earth. Lots of power there and substantial acidity & tannin. This wine is the definition of a food wine, one that when paired properly, brings lovely balance to a dish.
How? Pair with any pasta with red sauce, various charcuterie, white bean stew, mushroom risotto, or herb-crusted pork loin (think of matching that rosemary/thyme element). Now get to planning that Tuscan getaway.