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Wine Review: 2009 Monteverro Terra di Monteverro Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

This is a fantastic Bordeaux blend comprised of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot from the Maremma region of Tuscany, proving that almost any varietal grows well in Italy. This wine is concentrated and almost as luxurious as its big brother. Classic Left Bank flavors evoking characteristics of selections you might have reach a lot deeper into your wallet to obtain. This wine expresses concentrated notes of fresh thyme, nepitella (an herb in the mint family that grows wild in Italy) and blueberries leading the aroma parade. The velvety soft texture is appealing and the gentle tannins allow the flavors of black and blue fruit with a hint of toasted pumpkin seeds to steal the show. The long lingering finish is just icing on the cake. A great paring for this wine would be the dark wild boar with fennel stew served at Il Tufo Allegro in Pitigliano—another great restaurant serving local specialties.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $75 | 14.5% ABV

2009 Monteverro 'Terra di Monteverro Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

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