Bere Toscana IGT 2009

Bere Toscana IGT 2009
Italy, $20

Natural wine advocates decry the day cabernet sauvignon and his pal merlot ever crossed the alps into Italy. In their mind the super Tuscans like Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia are over ripe monsters with no sense of place. And while I see their point, I love these wines too much to disavow them. The fact is, in a wine like this Toscana IGT from Fattoria Viticio, the addition of Cabernet and Merlot add a dynamism that might not have been there with a $20 Sangiovese. The wine still showcases trademark lovely cherry aromas but the finish is longer and the spice a bit more pronounced because of the interlopers. It’s such a good wine for such a good price that I simply don’t care about anything else.

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