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2007 Il Ghizzano Toscana 

Toscana, Italy / $13-$16 Retail

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More than 35 years ago, a few Tuscan vintners defied Italian wine laws by adding traditional Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to wines. The resulting "Super Tuscans" are generally very good and very expensive. This entry-level bottle, however, is an excellent buy. A blend of 80 percent Sangiovese and 20 percent Merlot, it offers intense aromas of black cherry followed by expressive berry fruit character and a pleasing acidity. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with pasta dishes, meatballs and pizza. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle, Swirl Wines and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Domenica, Coquette, Ristorante da Piero and Assunta's. — Brenda Maitland

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