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2007 Volpaia Chianti Classico 

Tuscany, Italy / $17-$18 Retail

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Grapes for this wine were sourced from estate-owned vineyards in the charming Tuscan village Radda in Chianti. After fermentation, the wine (a blend of 90 percent Sangiovese and 10 percent Merlot and Syrah) was aged in traditional Slavonian oak barrels for 14 months. In the glass, this medium-bodied wine is fragrant with red and black cherries, leather notes and black pepper. On the palate, taste plum, cherries, some spice and an earthy finish with rounded tannins and good acidity. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with garlicky roast chicken, pastas, veal dishes, pizza, sausages, meatloaf and meatballs. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Market and Habanos. Drink it at: Domenica and Vincent's Italian Cuisine. — Brenda Maitland

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