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2001 San Vincenti Chianti Classico

Quick swirl

September 03, 2003|S. Irene Virbila

The 2001 from San Vincenti is a little gem from what is fast becoming the overpriced appellation of Chianti Classico. The fruit is bright and lush, with a scent of dried cherries and plums and a velvety nap furred with ripe tannins. Stylistically, it's modern and traditional at the same time.

Remember this producer because I have a feeling this is not a one-shot deal. The wine is brilliant with food, and a good price for a Chianti Classico of this quality.

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Price: About $20

Style: Full-bodied and spicy

Food it goes with: Pasta with meat or mushroom sauces, roast pork or lamb, sauteed calves' liver, anything from the barbecue.

Where you find it: Pasadena Wine Merchant, (626) 396-9234; Red Carpet in Glendale, (818) 247-5544; Wally's in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454; (800) 76WINEX; Wine House in Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731.

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