March 07, 2007

Tenimenti Angelini 2005 Toscana Rosso Tuttobene, about $11

This Tuscan wine estate is most known for its more expensive fine wines - Val di Suga from Brunello di Montalcino, for instance, or the San Leonino Chianti Classico. All fine wines, to be sure - but, if you're like me, you need to wait to try them until someone else is footing the bill.

Now, however, we can all have a taste of the estate's handiwork in Tuttobene. It blends the soft, plummy richness of merlot with the mouthwatering acidity and herbal notes of Tuscany's traditional grapes sangiovese and canaiolo.

And at $11, tutto is bene (everything is good) - especially if you have a few dry sausages and some cheese on hand.

Imported by Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, Calif.; www.wilsondaniels.com

This first appeared in the Denver Post.

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