Nittardi Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany, Italy

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Advent Calendar Day: Christmas Day

Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico is a pure Sangiovese from the single vineyard ‘Vigna Doghessa’ in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti. The vineyard lies on a south-facing hill at 450 meters above sea level and has a soil full of schist stones, which engenders the wine with a fine minerality and pleasant freshness.

Since 1981, Nittardi has paid annual tribute to Michelangelo by having an internationally recognised artists including Hundertwasser, Horst Janssen, Dario Fo, Giuliano Ghelli, Mimmo Paladino, Yoko Ono, Günter Grass, Karl Otto Götz, Alain Clément and Hsiao Chin create the label and wrapping paper.

This wine is vibrant ruby red, intensely redolent of cherries, violet and hints of aromatic herbs and spices. It is well-rounded and has a long-lasting finish on the palate.

Food matching ideas for Nittardi Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico include:

· Pasta with a rabbit and porcini mushroom ragù
· Fried chicken livers
· Slow-roasted pork with white bean mash