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2011 Bere Toscana Rosso, IGT

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Retail $11

This baby Super Tuscan was produced in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti region at the family-owned Fattoria Viticcio estate, founded in 1960. Now operated by the family's second generation, 75 acres of the estate are vineyards that are farmed biodynamically. The Super Tuscan tag refers to wine made in the region with the addition of grapes not native to the area's traditional winemaking. Beginning in the 1970s, innovative Tuscan vintners started producing wines made with Bordeaux grapes and blends of those grapes with sangiovese, the region's most significant varietal. The IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) classification was created for this category of wines. After harvest and vinification, this blend of 50 percent sangiovese, 25 percent merlot and 25 percent cabernet sauvignon was aged primarily in large traditional Slovenian oak barrels (called botti) before bottling. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of red berries, herbs and a hint of tobacco. On the palate, taste currants, plum, red and black berries, earth and spice notes, well-integrated tannins and good acidity on the finish. Open and aerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with muffulettas, stuffed artichokes, salumi, veal scaloppine, Italian sausage, roasted or fried eggplant, pasta Bolognese, pizza, prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano and basil pesto with ciabatta bread. Buy it at: Costco and Dorignac's.

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