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2013 Albert Conti Toscana Rosso IGT 

Retail $9-$10

Sangiovese is one of the world's great grapes, especially when sourced from its homeland of Tuscany in central Italy. The region's viticultural history dates back to the 8th-century B.C., and today there are at least 14 clones of sangiovese. The varietal is known as an excellent blending grape, and in the '70s, inventive Tuscan winemakers experimented with oak aging and blending grapes unauthorized by national regulations, which led officials to the develop the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) designation, or so-called "Super Tuscans." This baby Super Tuscan is from the Alberto Conti winery, founded by Maria and Altero Barbanera in 1938 in the village of Le Piazze, and is a blend of 60 percent sangiovese and 40 percent merlot. It exhibits aromas of dark berries with rustic and savory notes. On the palate, taste sour cherry, plum, dried herbs, good acidity and smooth tannins. Decant 20 minutes before serving. Drink it with rich pasta dishes, pizza, meats, stews and aged cheeses. Buy it at: Brady's Wine Warehouse, Philippe's Wine Cellar and Rouses locations on Franklin Avenue and Tchoupitoulas and Baronne streets.

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