Rich, dark, and complex, this will compliment the richest meals. The nose has deep plums, raspberry, pepper, and spice. Plums, cassis, and raspberry lead on the palate, with mocha underneath. Raspberry, black pepper, and allspice come through on the mid-palate. The finish lingers. Lightly drying tannins are matched by acids. Pair with osso buco.* Highly Recommended (91). DH

WHO: Cipriani
WHAT: Red Blend
DESIGNATION: San Martino
WHERE:  Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri
WHEN: 2008
PRICE: $45

*For a great osso buco recipe, with terrific pictures, see Anne Papina’s Webicurean entry, Osso Buco for #SundaySupper.

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