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The 2009 Panzanello ‘Le Piazzole’ is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot and was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel.
nextSectionHints of violets and flowers on the nose, leading to an earthy palate with fresh berry fruit notes and a hint of dusty spice. This wine was made for food! Delicious with charcuterie, sausages, grilled pork or chicken or a meaty Bolognese sauce.
nextSectionSangiovese pairs with a wide range of foods because of its medium weighted body and savory character. Use Sangiovese’s savory as a congruent flavor with herbs and tomatos. This technique will actually bring out more fruity flavors in the wine.
A Sangiovese with high tannins will work perfectly with rich roasted meat, cured sausages and hard cheeses.
Vegetarians Delight! - when pairing Sangiovese wine with vegetarian fare, be sure to work with lipids like butter and olive oil so that the richness in the fat helps cut through the wines’ tannins. Also, use less sugar on braised or roasted veggies to ensure the wine tastes fruitier.
nextSectionThe 2013 Rosé is a gorgeous and vibrant pink color with streaks of salmon and fushia edges. Wild strawberry and watermelon aromas are interwoven with Herbs de Provence, citrus and mineral notes. These same flavors carry through to the palate where they intensify with a surprisingly broad and plush mouth feel that concludes with snappy acidity. Winemaker's goal was to create a tug-of-war of flavors between red fruit and savory notes, allowing the red fruit to just barely win out. This year Syrah dominates the blend again, but with important supporting roles of other Rhone varieties. Syrah (86%), Cinsault (6%), Grenache (4%), Counoise (2%), Mourvedre (2%) .
nextSectionWith its delicate flavors, lamb is a great choice for this lighter style of Syrah. Try Lamb Shawarma or Gyros or, if you’re preparing it yourself, play with your spice rack to magnify the natural flavors in Syrah of allspice, clove, and mint. (Vegetarian option: brined and grilled eggplant)
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nextSectionWonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them herbaceous, grassy, citrusy, lemon zest. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape.
Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees.
nextSectionRich fish (salmon, tuna, etc), Shellfish and Vegetarian
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