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2012 Le Potazzine Parus Toscana rosso 

Tuscany, Italy

Retail $16-$18

Italy's signature red grape, sangiovese, finds the peak of ex- pression in Tuscany and particularly consistent success in the Montalcino zone, home to the renowned Brunello di Montalcino. South of Siena, the village of Montalcino is set atop a plateau surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, farmlands and rolling hillsides. A Mediterranean climate prevails, with mild seasons and sea breezes that encourage slow ripening. This wine is an approachable bottling made from 100 percent estate-grown sangiovese sourced from the same zone where the Gorelli family produces award-winning brunellos. Launched in 1993, the boutique winery Le Potazzine and its vineyards occupy 12 acres, and the fruit is harvested by hand. Indigenous yeasts are used in fermentation, and this wine was macerated on the skins from 15 to 30 days in stainless steel tanks and aged in large Slavonian oak casks for three months. The wine offers aromas of red berries, underbrush and spice with ripe cherry, earthy notes, some minerality, smooth tannins and a backbone of acidity on the lingering finish. Decant 15 minutes before serving. Drink it with lasagna, cannelloni, pasta Bolognese, pizza, muffulettas, prosciutto with shaved Parmesan and olives. Buy it at: Faubourg Wines, Bin 428 and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Bacchanal and Del Porto Ristorante.

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