Monday, September 14, 2015

Poggio Verrano 2009 3 Super Tuscan, Maremma

3 Super Tuscan

This wine combines a trio of grapes. The delicious red blend is a perfect compliment to Italian food.

Not Your Typical Trio Of Grapes

This wine from the Maremma region of Tuscany combines equal shares of three grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are not surprising in such a blend. The last part of the triad is Alicante. Alicante is known particularly for its deep, vivid color.

The wine is named to honor the synergy of these three grapes. Half the wine is aged in French oak for 12 months and the other half is aged in stainless steel to keep the flavors fresh. The wine is combined and ages for another four months in the bottle.

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A Big Hit At Carlucci’s In Rosemont

I selected 3 as our red wine during a board of directors dinner in the Chicago area. We dined at Carlucci’s, a great Italian restaurant in Rosemont. On the white side we had a crisp Arneis.

As appetizers we had pizza and when we sat down for our meal, bowtie pasta Bolognese was the pasta course. The 3 Super Tuscan was an almost too perfect combination.

The wine begins with some fruity notes upfront and then smoothes into delicious red berry flavors with a dash of pepper. It was a spot-on pairing with the rich tomato sauce of our pasta.

Winemaking regions tightly control the style of wine and grapes that can be produced under their DO (Denominacion de Origen) label. Super Tuscan wines allow the adventurous to break the traditional rules of Italian winemaking by using grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Poggio Verrano 3 is a delightful blend that costs about $25 but can enliven any meal.

Rating: 3.5 of 5  Value: 5 of 5

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