WINE OF THE MONTH- APRIL

I haven’t featured anything from Italy lately, and I tasted this wine recently and was very surprised by its soft, elegant structure combined with its food-pairing potential. I’m always looking for bargain Italian wines because they are hard to find in my opinion; Italy is obviously capable of making some of the best wine on the planet, but the best Brunellos and Super-Tuscans can really push their weight onto the wallet, and are usually closer to $100 than $50. My job is to find you affordable, available and of course, delicious bottles of wine while keeping things as diverse as possible. I think you’ll be happy with this selection, especially with a heaping bowl of homemade spaghetti.

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LA BRACCESCA VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO SANTA PIA VIGNETO 2004, 89 Points, $30, 1660 cases produced

Soft aromas of red cherry, mineral, rose petal and vanilla. Smokey, almost floral red cherry hints are elegant and balanced above notes of vanilla, sweet spice and herbs. Impressive length, delicious. Firm tannic grip with a hint of chalky mineral lingering.

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