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San Zenone

San Zenone
2014 Toscana Rosso IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$6
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San Zenone
2014 Toscana Rosso IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Medium light garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of barnyard earth, dried tomatoes and berries, and marjoram with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with overtones of marinated beets and root vegetables, cherry reduction, nutskin, and grassy earth with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lightly rustic, Old World styled red with nice table affinity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: barnyard earth, dried tomatoes and berries, and marjoram
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of marinated beets and root vegetables, cherry reduction, nutskin, and grassy earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Braised Oxtail Ravioli, Eggplant Parmesan, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lightly rustic, Old World styled red with nice table affinity.

The Producer or Importer

Prestige Beverage Group

The Producer or  Importer
2300 Pilot Knob Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
USA
1 651-649-5823

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Tuscany Other Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Other notable reds from Tuscany include Carmignano and Bolgheri.

Carmignano is produced in the eponymous district east of Florence. This is made primarily from Sangiovese, the most widely planted variety in Tuscany as well as a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon (10-20%). While Cabernet Sauvignon is allowed in other red wines of Tuscany, such as Chianti Classico, it is mandated in the final blend of Carmignano.

Carmignano is now a DOCG wine; there are still some DOC wines called Carmignano, but they are rosé and white.

There are various styles of red Carmignano, ranging from easy-drinking reds that are meant for enjoyment within five years or Riserva Carmignano that can drink for ten to fifteen years. Pair the lighter versions with pastas with bolognese sauce or poultry, while the reserves are ideal with most red meats, wild game or aged cheeses.

Bolgheri red wines are made primarily from Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc; sometimes Sangiovese is used in the blend. These wines are from the eponymous district in the province of Livorno, near the Tyrrhenian Sea, on Tuscany's west coast.

As these are made with Bordeaux varieties, these wines are meant to age, some as long as 40-50 years. The two most famous examples of Bolgheri are Sassicaia and Ornellaia.

Pair these wines with steaks, most red meats, hearty game and aged cheeses (especially Parmigiano-Reggiano).