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Friday, March 19, 2010

Drink of the Week: Casamatta Rosso 2008

For those of us always on the lookout for a good wine bargain (and who isn’t?), second-label wines can be an excellent option. With that in mind, Bibi Graetz’s 100 percent Sangiovese recently caught our attention. While some of the wine from this famed Tuscan producer can fetch upwards of $100 a bottle, this ruby-red jewel will set you back a mere tenth of that. Inviting aromas of rich raspberry fruit and violets meet classic Sangiovese flavors of dried cherries and cranberries on the palate with just a hint of tannin and spice on the finish. Try it with a bowl of spaghetti bolognese or an Italian-inspired charcuterie plate. And to learn more about finding value in second-label wines, check out Double Take, from the January/February issue. $10, astorwines.com