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2013 Tommasi Tufo al Poggio Rompicollo 

Toscana, Italy

Retail $16

Beginning in the 1970s, demand for new, high-quality Italian wines changed some vintners' Thinking, and by the 1990s, "Super Tuscan" wines, blends of native grapes and varietals such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot, gained popularity. Tommasi Family Estates, founded in 1902 in northern Italy, launched a winery in Tuscany in 1997. The 167-acre estate lies just off the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, not far from Rome. The vineyards sit 1,000 feet above sea level and have southern exposure, rich volcanic soil and a maritime-influenced climate. This award-winning blend of 60 percent sangiovese and 40 percent cabernet sauvignon fermented for 10 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and matured for 12 months in Slavonian oak casks. It offers bouquets of ripe red berries, spice notes, a hint of leather and touch of cedar. On the palate, taste black cherry, cranberry, plum, subtle oak notes and minerals, with firm, well-integrated tannins and good acidity. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with veal, lamb, beef, roast fowl, pasta dishes with tomato sauce, cured meats and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Brady's Wine Warehouse. Drink it at: New York Pizza.


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