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2009 Querceto Toscana Rosso 

Tuscany, Italy

Retail $10

In the 18th century, the family of Castello di Querceto's current owners moved from France to Italy. Their 75-acre estate includes forests, olive trees and nearly 25 vineyards. Located near the northeastern corner of the Chianti Classico zone, the vineyards were planted with classic indigenous Tuscan varietals as well as a range of IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) grape vines. A Super Tuscan-style blend of 60 percent merlot and 40 percent sangiovese, this wine was vinified in stainless steel and aged in small French barriques. In the glass, this easy-drinking bottling offers aromas of cherry, raspberry and hints of cedar. On the palate, taste plum, black currants, earthiness, some pepper, spice and herbal notes and focused tannins. Decant 15 minutes before serving to aerate. Drink it with mushroom risotto, osso buco, meatballs, pizza, pasta dishes and Italian cheeses. Buy it at: Canseco's Esplanade Market and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Dijon and Smilie's Restaurant.

— BRENDA MAITLAND

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