For lasagna night I went straight to the safety of Tuscany:
2002 Fonterutoli Chianti Classico
2001 Capezzana "Villa di Capezzana" Carmignano
For my notes on the Fonterutoli see my post below, as this wine was just as nice as the last time.
A few months ago I purchased a few bottles of the Capezzana for two reasons: (1) the Ghiaie della Furba (see below) is one of the best wines I have ever had, and (2) WS rated this a 91 and RP an 89. Always on the prowl for a new sangiovese, this sounded like a winner.
On the nose the first sensation was gobs of leather (like sitting in a new Jaguar?), with a very woodsy/undergrowth sort of smell. Very nice and rustic, I also had scents of violet, cedar, pepper, coffee and lots of smoke. Wild and interesting. On the palate the wine was more tannin than fruit at first. While having a nice glycerin feel, the tannins were firm, the acid high, and the wine seemed a bit rustic and unbalanced. However, the wine underwent an amazing transformation tonight, and as the Fonterutoli seemed to get flabby the Capezzana got more elegant and refined. Very interesting. A decent finish, this wine is ready now and should remain nice for a few more years.
Given the rustic style of this wine, I might be cautious in serving it to novice wine drinkers, but the quality is definitely there. It paired very well with a meat lasagna.
Cost: C$32.50 (SAQ)