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2012 Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano 

Tuscany, Italy

Retail $12-$15

This high-quality, estate-bottled "super Tuscan" is produced in the small but renowned region of Carmig- nano, about 10 miles from Florence, Italy. Since the 16th century, Carmignano's producers have been the only Tuscan winemakers allowed to blend cabernet sauvignon with the region's signature sangiovese and still be considered pure Tuscan wine, a unique exception to vinification laws until the more recent development of super Tuscans. Capezzana's vineyard-covered rolling hillsides rise 500 to 650 feet above sea level, and ideal sun exposure on the gentle slopes produce sangiovese wines with low acidity and pronounced tannins. The 2012 blend combines 70 percent sangiovese, 15 percent cabernet sauvignon, 10 percent canaiolo and 5 percent cabernet Franc. The wine fermented in stainless steel tanks and matured in French Allier barrels for 12 months. In the glass, the balanced wine offers aromas of ripe black cherry, spice, oak and leathery notes. On the palate, taste sour cherry, plum, currants, a touch of cocoa, dried herbs, tart acidity and an earthy, rustic edge. Decant 20 minutes before serving. Drink it with pasta with hearty sauces, pizza and eggplant parmigiana. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Monkey Hill Bar.

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