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2012 Rubio San Polo Toscana IGT 

Winemaking in central Italy dates to the 8th century B.C., but huge progress was made when the Italian DOC system (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) imposed stringent standards, which made exporting easier. But some producers went their own way and outshone the country's top "official" bottlings. In 1992, the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) classification was created, and "Super Tuscan" wines transformed Tuscany's wine business. This baby Super Tuscan is produced at the San Polo estate in Montalcino. After harvest, Rubio's blend of sangiovese grosso with cabernet sauvignon and merlot was soft pressed and cold macerated prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine aged 12 months in large oak casks followed by bottle aging. In the glass, it has lush aromas of red and black cherries and hints of leather. On the palate, taste intense dark fruits, currants, spice and cassis notes. Drink it with red meat, veal dishes, pasta, poultry and hearty dishes with marinara. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market and Grand Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits. Drink it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market.

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