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Thrown for a loop by two Italian wines


I was surprised by both of these wines.  The 2009 Tolaini, Al Passo, Tuscany is a very effective blend of Sangiovese and Merlot that already shows bottle aged flavors.  Its complicated upbringing surely contributed to the attractive wood box and spices.  The wine has great vigor and tastes great, making it an excellent choice for your fall meals.  It is also only $20!  I pulled the 2011 Alice Bonaccorsi, Rivedibile, Rosso Relativo Rosato, Sicily out of the fridge expecting a full-on rosato.  The wine was clearly too cold and once warmed up, acted like a light red wine.  It tasted best on the second night when the odd flavors and good acidity made it an engaging wine for one glass.  Unless you are incredibly curious save your money on this wine, your guests will get more enjoyment from the Tolaini.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Tolaini, Al Passo, Tuscany – $20
Imported by Banville & Jones.  This wine is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot.  The fruit underwent alcoholic fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and oak, underwent malolactic fermentation in oak, then was aged on the lees for six months followed by 8 months of barrique aging.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose had aromas of wood box, dark blue fruit, and attractive aromas from maturity.  In the mouth the wood box continued this time with spices and blue and black fruit.  With air the wine shows great vigor and was really tasty.  The fruit took on some weight and had herbs that carried through to the black fruited finish.  The acidity was watering with black minerals in the finish.  This is on the cusp, perhaps one year, from being fully mature.  ***(*) 2015-2020.

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2011 Alice Bonaccorsi, Rivedibile, Rosso Relativo Rosato, Sicily – $23
Imported by RWK Imports.  This wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a medium garnet, black cherry.  In the mouth were flavors of hard red fruit that filled the mouth like a light red wine.  Clearly different tasting this sported fresh herbs, nice ripeness, and acidity in the back of the throat.  ** Now-2016.

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