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Judy Tenuta

Tenuta di Trinoro 2004 Rosso Toscana (Tuscany) – Elegant and spicy, with medium wood and some buttered popcorn. The rest is all red fruit, though. (2/07)

Tenuta di Trinoro 2004 Rosso Toscana “Le Cupole” (Tuscany) – Herbs, dark fruit. Thick, slightly soupy. (2/07)

Isabella Toscana

[label]Montesecondo 2005 Toscana Rosso (Tuscany) – A field blend of sangiovese and canaiolo. Buzzy, light, semi-fresh strawberry and some meat. Simple. (1/08)

Rospo Douthat

[label]Montesecondo 2005 Toscana “Rosso del Rospo” (Tuscany) – Sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, and some cabernet franc. Tobacco and blackberry with light red pepper. Long and balanced, with fine structure not yet divested of a lingering edginess. It’s not generous (though generosity is hardly a typical attribute of the cabernets anyway, except in the fucked-up New World), but it does lean more than a shade towards the tannic at the moment. Rather obviously it needs age, and plenty of it. (1/08)