2014 La Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova Terre di Pisa

Good with salty snacks

2014 La Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova Terre di Pisa DOC

The Rivetti family, which owns this estate near Pisa, is admirably committed to producing wines made from autochthonous grapes — Sangiovese, Colorino, Prugnolo Gentile, and Vermentino — rather than the more fashionable international varieties. This wine is their entry-level Sangiovese, light brick red with tawny glints and aromas that mix fresh cherry-berry fruit with compote and dried flowers (particularly rose and hibiscus). The frame is fleshy, unencumbered by oak and a little candied, especially on the finish, which blooms again with potpourri and red licorice.

Fey and a little sweet-seeming, it’s actually terrific with salty appetizers: cheeses, cured meats, roasted nuts, cheese straws. Or, pair it with pork, poultry, or rare red meats. It makes a fine pizza wine.

2014 La Spinetta Il Nero di Casanova Terre di Pisa DOC

13.5% abv | $18; Imported by Indigenous Selections

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