Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tuttobene - it's all good!

With the current state of our economy, many wine lovers are seeking out bargain bottles – and I’m no exception. Recently I’ve stumbled on a couple little gems that are recession reds if ever I drank one.

The first one is Tuttobene. That’s Italian for “it’s all good,” and boy is it. It would be a decent pour at it’s regular price of $10. At the $6 I paid for it, it’s a screaming deal. Tuttobene is classified as a Toscana Rosso (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) .
IGT is the second twist in the labyrinth of Italian wine law. It has a few controls on it, which means it’s slightly better than the first classification (Vino de Tavula) which has practically none, other than it is required to be safe to drink. When you see IGT on an Italian wine label, you can be certain that the grapes came from the region named (in this case, Tuscany) and that the wine was made in something resembling the regional style. Some of the most common red grapes in Tuscany include sangiovese, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and canaiolo.

Tuttobene has a relatively simple, straightforward nose of plums and tart cherries. The palate is much the same, with medium weight, subtle acid and subtler tannins, and that lovely silky-soft mouthful that comes from the little unfiltered bits. Yes, this is an unfiltered wine, so don’t be alarmed if you see small deposits inside the bottle when it’s empty – which, with an easy-drinker like this will be all too soon. Pair it with light, homey fare like pizza, pastas, and grilled veggies. But most of all … put it in your face!

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