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Cantine Barbera 2017 Rosato Menfi 'La Bambina'

Cantine Barbera, located in Menfi on Sicily’s southwestern coast, is producing wonderful wines from the indigenous varieties of the area like this savory rosato made from Nero d’Avola.  The grapes are harvested before the sun rises to protect the acidity from the Sicilian heat, quickly destemmed, and softly pressed without skin contact.  Fermentation is triggered with a pied-de-cuve and is conducted in steel where the wine further rests for three months with weekly lees stirring.  To me it speaks as a classic Italian rosato: not overtly fruity, rather it is savory and herbal with a quiet backing of fruit. Briney notes come out on the nose with sage, mint and wild herbs over tart strawberry fruit and orange zest.  The palate is fairly full with plenty of acidity and slight tannins with flavors of citrus pith, and strawberry fruit. This is a wine well suited to food pairing.  I drank it alongside a pizza topped with olives, anchovies, wilted radicchio, and mozzarella but it would be great with charcuterie, olives, briney cheese, greek food, seared tuna, or lemon chicken.  Andy Paynter

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Fornacina 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Fornacina only produces their riserva bottling in their very best vintages. From 100% Sangiovese Grosso selected from vineyards in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, a charming village hanging over the Abbey de Sant'Antimo a couple kilometers south of Montalcino. This riserva wine is vinified in stainless steel for thirty days before  spending 48 months in the huge Slavonian oak casks traditional to the region. After this, the wine spends another twelve months in bottle before being released to the market. This allows an extraordinary delicacy of tannic texture that belies this wine's immense power. This is on the spicier side for Brunello, with notes of morello cherry and plum enrobed in silken hints of baking spices like cinnamon, vanilla, and licorice. Full bodier, rich, and elegant, this wine is fantastic with braised meats, filet mignon, wine-based stews, and osso buco. Andrew Farquhar

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Lecci e Brocchi 2017 Rose Tuscan Wine Il Meticcio

The delicious "Il Meticcio" is a blend of Canaiolo, Malvasia and Ciliegiolo - a blend dedicated to their mixed breed dog "Tiberio." The wine shows a beautiful pink/orange color  and aromas of red currant, cranberry, blood orange and rose, quite lovely. One finds bright red currant and tart morello cherry on the palate which is ripe and sapid but light and refreshing with stone and mineral flavors lingering in the finish with red fruits and citrus. Quite delicious now - and a perfect choice for Thanksgiving - this should drink beautifully over the next 12 to 24 months.

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Monte Bernardi 2014 Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT Tzingana

When Michael purchased the Monte Bernardi Estate in 2003 he was committed to making traditional Chianti without the use of "Bordeaux" varieties even though estate was already planted with French grapes that found their way into so many of Tuscany’s wines.  He was already in the process of replanting the vineyards used to produce Retromarcia, so rather than uproot more vines,  he diverted all of the French grapes into his own Bordeaux blend: Tzingana.  Composed of 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and 15% Petit Verdot, all co-fermented for 3 weeks and raised in barrique and tonneaux for 2 years, the wine is certainly more dense and smooth than any of his Chiantis.  Rich blackberries and cassis are lifted by the smell of black tea and bay spice.  Soft texture and smooth ripe tannins are supported by nice acidity, and there is a discernible minerality on the finish. Andy Paynter

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