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Tenuta di Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2012, Italy

Red blend

Solid Tuscan red at a reasonable price. It's a blend of mainly sangiovese (or, rather, the local Vino Nobile clone called prugnolo gentile), with splashes of canaiolo and less-traditional merlot. Medium-weight, the wine suggests flavours of dried cherry, old wood and earth, with an enticingly vibrant, salty quality. The tannins are chalky but light, with just enough grip for structure. Worth cellaring for up to five more years.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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