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2009 Zingari Toscana Rosso

Tuscany, Italy


$12-$13 Retail

Zingari's IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) designation denotes that wines produced in any of the villages of Tuscany's 10 provinces can be made with a combination of grapes. A good example of IGT wines can be found in Super Tuscans, which introduce non-Italian international varietals such as cabernet sauvignon and/or merlot. The Zingari, produced on the Moretti family estate in Maremma on Tuscany's southwestern coast, is a proprietary blend of merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petit Verdot. In the winery, the grapes are macerated on their skins for seven to 10 days to develop color and aromatics, followed by fermentation in stainless steel, then concrete vats and finally large barrels. This well-crafted wine opens with complex aromas of blackberries, earthy undertones, leather and a tinge of truffle. On the palate, taste ripe dark fruit flavors with red and black cherries, spice, hints of coffee and chocolate. Finely grained tannins lead to a lengthy finish. Drink now and over the next two to four years. Decant the wine for at least 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with tomato-based pasta and meat dishes, Italian cheeses, pizza and bruschetta. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co., Rouses on Baronne and Tchoupitoulas streets, Hwy. 190 in Covington and East Causeway Approach in Mandeville, Saia's Super Meat Market in Mandeville and Habanos of Slidell Wine Cellar. Drink it at: Emeril's, Antoine's, Jacques-Imo's, The Delachaise and Sandro's Trattoria.

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