I knew I was cooking Italiano tonight so buying a bottle of Italian wine to pair with the pasta. I usually prefer Classico, but Riserva can work too. Italian wines with Riserva on the label are aged longer before they are released. This one smells like it is made in a softer style, with cherries, strawberries and vanilla on the nose. On the mouthfeel, a little bit of black pepper comes out and it lingers on the finish. I also get lots of tart cherries on the back end, as well as a bit of earthiness. The finish is slightly dry but not bone dry, and this would be great with a lighter pasta dish or pizza. This is one of the few Chianti wines I’ve had that is also just fine on it’s own – but keep in mind ALL Italian wine is better with food!