Santa Cristina Rosso Toscana IGT 2013

The Data

Country   Italy

Appellation   Toscana IGT

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $12

ABV   13%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep ruby to garnet red color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are surely fruit-driven with ripe, red cherry scents in the lead supported by raspberry, mineral, dried blueberry, and dried herbs.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a lush, fruit-driven core with flanking notes of herbs, cocoa nibs, brown baking spices, and a hints of oak.

Intensity & Texture

Ideally balanced with sensible alcohol levels and waves of fruit make this supple and complex sipper.

Cool Factor

A

You can never go wrong with a fresh, well-made wine with style and depth that doesn't take itself too serious.

Value Grade

A

At just over $10 this wine offers a lot of pleasure and versatility for the dollar.

Analysis

The Antinoris first introduced their Santa Cristina name on a Chianti Classico in 1946. Later laws changed regarding yields and blends permitted in Chianti Classico so they opted for the "Super Tuscan" (Toscana IGT) designation that would allow them to continue to make the wine they had envisaged and created. It's made with 60% Sangiovese with Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. Only a portion of the wine sees any time in oak keeping in the theme of a fresh, youthful wine designed to be consumed at its release.

How to Enjoy

This wine needs nothing more than a glass but it's fabulous with pizza and pasta with red sauce.

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