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Wine review: 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso
Wine review: 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso

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...

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