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Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Santa Margherita is renowned for its elegant and authentic Italian style. This Chianti Classico Riserva has been crafted with the same commitment to heritage and quality, with grapes from our vineyards in the town of Greve located in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico zone. Santa Margherita offers an exemplary representation of the traditional, distinctive characteristics of the Sangiovese grape: elegant, with tannic austerity and complex aromas.

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    Santa Margherita, , Italy
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    Santa Margherita introduced Pinot Grigio in 1980, and has become one of America's favorite premium wines. Recently voted the most popular imported wine, red or white, in top restaurants for the 11th consecutive year (Wine & Spirits 4/06), Santa Margherita remains a favorite among wine enthusiasts for its crisp, ripe character and consistent quality.

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    Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent yet underappreciated dry wines...

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    Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent yet underappreciated dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

    Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

    CGM17734_2008 Item# 116283

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