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Wine Review: 2009 Monteverro ‘Tinata’ Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

This wine is a delicious blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache from Maremma. I knew there was awesome Syrah being grown in Italy but was not aware high quality Grenache was also being produced. This wine will appeal to all of you Rhone Rangers out there. The style is a bit more western than some Rhone valley purists might like, but it is a far cry from being a fruit-bomb. The bouquet has a unique spectrum achieving bold meltingly ripe strawberry aromas that mingle with sage brown butter. The flavor profile turns to black fruit and some subtle dried fruit flavors. Balanced and elegant this wine brings a berry assault to your palate that charges forward in a smooth but aggressive style expressing power and finesse not usually associated with this blend of grapes. Velvety tannins reflect a well regulated barrel regimen and adequate cellaring. I would pair it with the Straccetti di Pasta al Germe di Grano con sugo di Lepre (House made pasta with Rabbit ) again from Ristorante Il Leccio’s menu. Domesticated hare is much underutilized in this country and extremely delicious when prepared well.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $125 | 14.5% ABV

Monteverro 'Tinata' Toscana IGT

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