Tuscan wines reflect sweet life

FRED TASKER
McClatchy Tribune News Service
Modified: January 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013
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RECOMMENDED:

—2008 San Leonino Chianti Classico Riserva, Toscana DOCG (90 percent sangiovese, 5 percent syrah, 5 percent cabernet sauvignon): bright red hue, aromas and flavors of tart cherries and licorice, medium body, smooth; $29.

—2009 Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Toscana DOCG (90 percent prugnolo gentile (the local name for sangiovese), 5 percent merlot, 5 percent cabernet sauvignon): hint of oak, aromas and flavors of red berries, tobacco and spice and big, ripe tannins; $22.

—2009 Azienda Agricola Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Toscana DOCG (100 percent sangiovese): cherry, cranberry, tobacco and spice aromas and flavors, medium body, soft tannins; $28.

—2009 Val di Suga Rosso di Montalcino Toscana DOC (100 percent sangiovese): bright red color, lighter body, tart cherry and espresso flavors, soft tannins; $21.

—2010 Azienda Agricola Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano, Toscana DOCG (80 percent sangiovese, 20 percent merlot): tart cherry, red plum and spice flavors, with bitter chocolate finish; $15.

—2010 Lohsa Morellino di Scansano, from Tuscany’s up-and-coming Maremma region, Toscana DOCG (sangiovese, ciliegiolo, malvasia nera and anaiolo grapes): red plum and espresso aromas and flavors, soft tannins, crisp acids; $15.

—2008 Brancaia “Il Blu” Rosso Toscano IGT (50 percent sangiovese, 45 percent merlot, 5 percent cabernet sauvignon): gentle and smooth, with aromas and flavors of black raspberries and cocoa, ripe tannins; $85.

—2010 Brancai “Tre” Rosso Toscano IGT (80 percent sangiovese, 10 percent merlot, 10 percent cabernet sauvignon): deep red color, gentle tannins, aromas and flavors of black raspberries and espresso; $23.

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(Fred Tasker has retired from The Miami Herald but is still writing about wine. He can be reached at fredtaskerwine@gmail.com.)