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2008 Aia Vecchia Morellino di Scansano 

Toscana, Italy / $16 Retail

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Grapes for this excellent wine were sourced from vineyards in the southern Tuscan countryside in the Maremma region, a high-profile area for producing wines of exceptional quality. Made from 100 percent Morellino — a strain of Sangiovese — the wine was aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel followed by several months of bottle aging. In the glass, the medium-bodied wine offers aromas of fragrant black cherry, blackberry and spice with hints of licorice. In the mouth, expect more flavors of cherry, plum, some minerality and a touch of earth with a velvety texture, good acidity and polished tannins on the finish. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with antipasto, wild game, roast chicken, stews, pasta and veal dishes. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar. — Brenda Maitland


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