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2008 Barone Ricasoli Campo Ceni Toscana 

Tuscany, Italy / $12-$17 Retail

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The oldest family-owned winery in the world (dating back to 1141), Ricasoli has experienced both highs and lows, but the past 15 years have marked a return to prestigious status. A blend of 80 percent Sangiovese and 20 percent Merlot, this young Super Tuscan was aged six months in barriques followed by two months bottle aging. It exhibits aromas of red cherry, prune, rhubarb, an herbal character and hints of vanilla. The medium-bodied wine offers some complexity with black fruit, meaty flavors, hints of licorice and tobacco and a succulent, smooth finish with ripe tannins. Decant several hours before serving. Drink it with roasted meats, veal, fowl, pasta dishes, cheeses and prosciutto. Buy it at: Swirl Wines, Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket and Habanos of Slidell. Drink it at: Domenica, Assunta's Restaurant and Caesar's Deli. — Brenda Maitland

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