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Wine of the week: 2014 Tenuta Sassoregale Sangiovese 

Maremma, Italy

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Retail $14-$17

Located on Italy's rugged western coast, Maremma was officially given DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status in 2011. Vineyards are planted on hillsides overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sangiovese grapes were harvested and vinified with maceration on the skins, and the wine went through malolactic fermentation and matured in small oak barrels. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of ripe red berries, spice notes, dried herbs and an appealing earthiness. On the palate, taste tart cherry, red currants, clove, a touch of balsamic and fine tannins. Decant before serving. Drink it with grilled red meats, sausages, eggplant or veal parmigiana, pasta with marinara, venison, braised pork shoulder, pizza and roasted lamb shank. Buy it at: Elio's Wine Warehouse, Dorignac's, Langenstein's in Metairie and River Ridge, Canseco's on Esplanade Avenue and in Metairie, Acquistapace's in Covington and Mandeville, Saia's Super Meat Market and Piggly Wiggly in Madisonville. Drink it at: Sac-a-Lait, Marcello's Restaurant and Wine Bar, Cafe Giovanni, Cafe Minh, Nonna Mia Cafe & Pizzeria, Radosta's Restaurant and Oak Oven.

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