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Anise, black cherry, cassis, and dry herbs all float up on the nose. Bing cherries and raspberries lead, followed on the mid-palate by black licorice, tar, thyme, and soy. Tannins are tight, from, and acids well in balance. Four years old now, and it could still use a few years in the cellar. This is very nice wine with a good future. Drink with lamb shoulder with rosemary. Highly Recommended. 90 points.

WHO: Brancaia
WHAT: Sangiovese (50%), Merlot (45%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%)
WHERE:  Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
DESIGNATION: Il Blu
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $80





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