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Wine of the week: 2013 Vitiano Rosso 

Umbria, Italy

Retail $10-$16

Located in central Italy among hilly terrain, Umbria is the only region without a coastline, which means there are no maritime influences on its grapes. The Cotarella family has made wines on its 188-acre Falesco estate for nearly 40 years. Vineyards sit at 1,000 feet above sea level and vines are planted in volcanic soils. Following September harvest, sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes were vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. A blend of equal amounts of each was aged for three months in French oak barriques. In the glass, it offers aromas of blackberry, cassis, clove and peppercorns. On the palate, taste plum, red currants, black cherry, dried herbs, earthy notes, rounded tannins and fresh acidity. Drink it with meats, lasagna, pasta with pesto, dishes with tomato sauce, pizza, meatballs, grilled sausages, antipasti and ratatouille. Buy it at: The Wine Seller, Brady's Wine Warehouse, Grand Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits, The Fresh Market on St. Charles Avenue and in Mandeville, Red Zone and Whole Foods Market in Metairie. Drink it at: Pascal's Manale, Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar, Il Posto Italian Cafe, Cibo Italian Eatery & Deli, Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar and Impastato Cellars.


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