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2011 Il Bruciato Tenuta Guado al Tasso 

Tuscany, Italy

Retail $25

This highly regarded entry-level red blend is made by Italy's Antinori family, who have been producing Tuscan wines for more than 600 years. The estate is 50 miles southwest of Florence near the medieval village of Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. Il Bruciato is a blend of 65 percent cabernet sauvignon, 20 percent merlot and 15 percent Syrah. In the winery, fermentation and skin contact occurred in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks over 10 to 15 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation followed by racking and barrel aging for eight months. In the glass, it exhibits aromas of red berries, pepper, cedar, spice, tobacco and licorice. On the palate, taste cassis, mocha, blackberry, currants, an herbal and brambly component and well-integrated acidity and silky, firm tannins on the finish. Drink now and over the next five to seven years. Drink with grilled meats, pesto pasta, minestrone, mushroom risotto, olive tapenade and lasagna. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar and Market. Drink it at: Swirl. — BRENDA MAITLAND

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