Avignonesi Rosso, 2005
Avignonesi consists of four wine-producing estates around Montepulciano and the surrounding area. This Rosso Di Toscana is a blend of 40% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. This is an everyday table wine that has a deep violet red color with good clarity. On the nose are wild berries, spice and some grass. This is a medium bodied wine with a solid core of tart cherry, strawberry and plum. Tannins are low and the crisp finish cries out for some hearty food such as pasta with spicy tomato sauce or a pepperoni pizza. This simple Tuscan red is available at Pete's Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for about $13.