An everyday Tuscan Frescobaldi. Benefits from air, so open an hour before dinner, or swirl a lot in the glass at first. Pleasant, mild aroma with notes of cherry and caramelized fruit, opening to plumminess in the flavor. Not super-fruity—a touch restrained, with tannins adding structure. As the label says, best with stronger foods; I liked it with slivers of Romano cheese.

WHO: Frescobaldi
WHAT: Sangiovese (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%)
WHERE: Tuscany, Italy
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $10 (media sample)

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