Full Review

642º

642º
2017 Red Blend, Maremma Toscana DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb

Category: Tuscany Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.99

642º
2017 Red Blend, Maremma Toscana DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb

Category: Tuscany Other Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14%
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted beets, black currants, cherry vinaigrette, ripe tomatoes, paprika, hazelnut, and horse blanket with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A rich and rustic Tuscan Red that will pair quite well with Italian-style roasted meats.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Funky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: roasted beets, black currants, cherry vinaigrette, ripe tomatoes, paprika, hazelnut, and horse blanket
Taste Flavor: roasted beets, black currants, cherry vinaigrette, ripe tomatoes, paprika, hazelnut, and horse blanket
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Leg of Lamb, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and rustic Tuscan red that will pair quite well with Italian-style roasted meats.

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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).