Carpineto 2003 "Dogajolo" Toscano Rosso ($14.99)
A Tuscan red with a funny name, "Dogajolo," according to the U.S. importer's fact sheet, means "to jump from the staves of a barrel." An unusual blend of 80 percent Tuscan Sangiovese and 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon that sees time in small French oak casks, Dogajolo meets the definition of a "Super Tuscan" in that it's a modern variation on the old Chianti tradition, but in contrast with most Super Tuscans, it's priced in the affordable range and made to enjoy young. Inky blackish-purple with a garnet edge, it offers pleasant, fruit-forward aromas of black cherries and cranberries lifted with subtle spice. Fresh and bright in flavor, tart red-berry fruit and a whiff of fragrant black pepper are framed by snappy acidity and a soft, barely perceptible edge of tannins. US Importer: Opici Import Co., Glen Rock, N.J. (Jul 16, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Should be fine with grilled meats, the centerpiece of Tuscan cuisine; it was very well matched with a Marcella Hazan classic, chicken braised with dried mushrooms and a bit of tomato.



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