Wine review: 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso

Wine review: 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso
The 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso is a big Tuscan red for winter night (Glenn Koenig, Los Angeles Times)

Let's celebrate every bit of cold weather we can muster this winter. Time to light the fire, roast a big hunk of meat and break out a big red. This one comes from Maremma, near the Tuscan Coast, and it's a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc aged in French oak.

Ilatraia has a wonderful presence, silky and smooth with flavors of currant, wild herbs and spice. The tannins are there, but tamed, and the finish is long and satisfying.


This is a special bottle of wine to bring out for a dinner with wine-loving friends. Pair it with that roast duck or game bird, with braised meats, even porchetta or a roasted pig's head.

Region: Tuscany

Price: $36 to $46

Style: Rich and smooth

What it goes with: Roast birds, braised meats, porchetta or pig's head

Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,; Mission Wine & Spirits in Pasadena, (626) 794-7026, and Glendale, (818) 242-0683,; Total Wine & More in various locations,; Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants in West Los Angeles, (310) 447-2020,; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,; and the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303,

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