PICK of the RACK: Campo Alla Sughera | Arnione | Bolgheri Superiore | Tuscany | Italy | 2008 | $50 | 93 pts

Campo Alla Sughera 2Aromas:  black cherry; cured tobacco; pencil lead; anise; violets; cedar
Character: dry; full-bodied & firm; elegant & velvety; smooth tannins & racy acidity; assertive oak;      14% ABV
Flavors: black currant; red bell pepper; cured tobacco; clove; dried thyme; toasty oak
Food Pairing: medium & sharp cheeses; charcuterie; wine-braised pork or beef; roast leg of lamb; winter stews
 

Tuscany’s Bolgheri region, situated along Western Italy’s Tyrrhenian Coast, is land of the “Super Tuscan.” Such are Bordeaux-inspired wines made from French (not traditional Italian) grape varieties that flourish in the appellation’s seaside climate, soils, and topography.  Campo Alla Sughera, situated in the heart of Bolgheri, tends roughly 50 acres of vineyards just a few miles from the ocean.  The winery’s Arnione selection is textbook Super Tuscan — simultaneously elegant, muscular, and intricate — exuding aromas of black cherry, anise, and violets that segue into overlapping flavors of black currant, red bell pepper, clove, and dried thyme, with currents of sweet cured tobacco, graphite, and toasty oak wafting throughout.  It is a balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Merlot (20%), and Petit Verdot (20%) aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (80% new; 20% second use) and for an additional 12 months in bottle.  The 2008 Arnione is still quite young — we recommend at least an hours’ worth of decanting if you decide to serve it now — and would benefit from several more years of rest and maturation.

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Campo Alla Sughera, Bolgheri, Tuscany

Availability:  Campo Alla Sughera produced only 2,900 cases of the 2008 Arnione, and imported limited quantities into the United States.  It is available through a select few U.S. wine merchants.  We found it online at Wine Library, and suggest that you visit them  at www.winelibrary.com for current availability.  For more information about Campo Alla Sughera, visit them virtually at www.campoallasughera.com 

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