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Wine of the Week: 2008 Tenuta di Trinoro Rosso Toscano 'Le Cupole'

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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.

irene.virbila@latimes.com

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