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Wine of the week: 2014 Poggio Badiola Rosso

Toscana, Italy



Retail $11-$17

In the heart of Chianti Classico lies Castello di Fonterutoli, one of Italy's most highly regarded wine producers. Since 1435, 24 generations of the Mazzei family have made wine there. The property comprises more than 1,160 acres, in distinct vineyard sites including Fonterutoli, Siepi, Belvedere and Le Ripe. Vines are planted in rocky limestone and sandstone soils at altitudes from 750 to 1,640 feet above sea level. A baby super-Tuscan, this wine is a blend of 70 percent sangiovese and 25 percent merlot grapes from Le Ripe. Hand-harvested fruit was fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The maceration period lasted 12 to 15 days, and the wine was aged 10 months in French and American oak barrels. It offers aromas of red cherry and dark berries, hints of licorice and subtle oaky notes. On the palate, taste currants, ripe plum, blackberry, wild raspberry, cherry and fine tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with beef short ribs, veal Parmesan, leg of lamb, poultry, cured meats, pasta and pizza. Buy it at: Brady's Wine Warehouse, Swirl Wine Bar & Market and Acquistapace's in Mandeville. Drink it at: Marcello's Restaurant.

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