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Two Red Wines From Northern Italy

The two wines in this selection are part of the group which was recommended by Tim at MacArthur Beverages.  The Tenuta Luisa is  a tasty follow-up to the 2009 Ronchi di Manzano, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso.  The Tenuta Luisa estate is located in Isonzo del Friuli which is located south of Colli Orientali del Friuli.  Located along the banks of the Isonzo river the Tenuta Luisa soils consist of alluvial deposits and experience a wetter, more maritime climate.  The Tre Monti estate is located in Emilia-Romagna, a region located south of Friuli and north of Tuscany.  With the city of Bologna dividing the region in two, the western area of Emilia is home to the famous Lambrusco.  East of Bologna lies Romagna to which is attributed the birthplace of Sangiovese.  The Sangiovese of Romagna is darker in profile than that of Tuscany.  These are both pleasing wines with the Tenuta Luisa appropriate for immediate drinking whereas the Tre Monti should be cellars for several years.

2009 Tenuta Luisa, Cabernet Franc, Isonzo del Friuli DOC – $17
Imported by Vias Imports.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from flat soils of gravel mixed with decalcified limestones at 32 meters.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for eight months on fine-grained lees.  The fresh nose reveals brighter fruit, pepper, green house aromas.  In the mouth this medium weight wine follows the nose with similar flavors which are riper.  Starting with a light prickle on the tongue, the flavors persist throughout with a linear delivery, cooler acidity, and a bit of sweet spice and lipstick in the finish.  The flavors drop off a bit in the finish to reappear in the aftertaste.   This contemporary wine will be popular.  ** Now-2015.

2007 Tre Monti, Petrignone Superiore Riserva, Sangiovese di Romagna DOC – $19
Imported by Oslo Enterprises.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese sourced from the terraced Petrignone vineyard planted in 1968.  The soils are sandy clay with a gravely texture at 150 meters.  It underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for six months in one and two-year old French barriques.  The nose contains a mixture of bright red and red fruit with a tart edge.  In the mouth there is decent fruit, still a bit young, and a wood note.  The wine is still concentrated in flavor, reluctant to give up much, with some wood box notes.  This modern wine is a little spicy in the finish.  **(*) 2015-2019.

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