The term "Rosso Toscano" usually indicates an inexpensive wine made for everyday drinking. But in this case, the wine is essentially a Super Tuscan, made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Not a drop of Sangiovese, but it's unmistakably Tuscan — intense and concentrated, with a seductive tonal palate and enough body and tannic grip to age and evolve. And hard to resist now.
This is a great red for barbecue season, with the stuff to stand up to smoke and char. Think bistecca or any big old steak, pork chops, sausages and kebabs — any or all with a mess of grilled red peppers, zucchini and eggplant.
Region: Maremma, Tuscany
Price: $29 to $37
Style: Full-bodied and intense
What it goes with: Barbecued meats — steaks, chops, sausages
Where to find it: Venokado in West Hollywood, (323) 850-1600, http://www.venokado.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Wine Lab in Costa Mesa, (714) 850-1780, http://www.winelabcamp.com.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times