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Pratesi Loco Rosso 1999

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Intense ruby red with warm & lively tones. Of great impact, ample, elegant, complex. The perfume is intense and elegant. Fruity with spices and sensational volume. Soft and vinous, sweet tannins. Good structure and body. Best if served with red meat dishes, game and aged cheeses.

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Pratesi, Tuscany, Italy
Situated on 12 acres of land, perched on the hills of Carmignano, near the town of Capezzano, Pratesi has been producing some of Tuscany’s finest wines since the early 1980’s. Carmignano and its glorious past has only recently been able to reestablish itself as a wine of great strength and character by receiving DOCG status. Pratesi, eagerly, has not missed a beat. During the first vintage of "Carmignano" D.O.C.G. in 1983, Pratesi yielded 3,000 to 4,000 bottles. In 1995 Pratesi earned their first gold medal for their 1991 "Carmignano" Riserve from Pramaggiore, an award reserved to Italian D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. only wines. Since 1997 changes have been taking place at the winery with the construction of a new wine cellar and the addition of new vines that will permit them to increase the production and finally bring the 2001 harvest to a total of 45,000 bottles including a third red wine. The company’s goal is to produce wines of the highest quality by maintaining its careful and strict selection and to continue to meet the criteria and expectations of excellence.

One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

Sangiovese

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The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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