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WINE OF THE WEEK

2007 La Massa Toscana

October 21, 2009|S. Irene Virbila

This is a beautiful Tuscan blend of 70% Sangiovese with 15% each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Giampaolo Motta in Panzano in Chianti, Italy. Luscious and velvety, it tastes like ripe, dark cherries with touches of tobacco and earth. The brilliant thing is that this bottle doesn't carry the price tag of a Super Tuscan. It costs less than some top Chiantis. With its smooth, yet firm tannins, it's perfect for a rich ragu. Or meats from the grill -- this is the one to pour with a big 2-inch-thick bistecca. Put some halved fingerlings in the oven with a splash of olive oil, saute up some cavolo nero or kale, and dinner's on. A vegetarian alternative: pasta e fagioli with thick slabs of grilled bread.

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S. Irene Virbila --

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Price: About $24

Style: Rich and smooth

What it goes with: Ragu, bistecca or grilled meats

Where to find it: Available at fine wine shops and retailers around Southern California

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