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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wine Review: Santa Cristina's Toscana



Santa Cristina’s Toscana offers a dark ruby red wine that tastes of berries and flowers; touch of tobacco. Alcohol content, tannin levels, acidity and residual sugar is well balanced. There are legs on this wine. For a red wine, it is light tasting with a medium body making it versatile. You will not be disappointed by the quality and price of this affordable table wine.

This wine is a bend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah giving it an interesting taste to the palate. It pairs well with meat, steak, meat sauces, grilled foods, burgers, and other greasy and high tasting foods. Poignant cheeses, such as brie, would work well with this flavor.

Santa Cristina is bottled on a hill near Tuscany near the town of Cortona. The winery is relatively new and established in 2006 under the tradition of an older wine. The first Santa Cristina was produced in 1946. The town of Cortona is ancient and was discussed in literature by people ranging from Herodotus to Dionysius.

The city is so old and part of history that it was expanded by the Etruscans, became a Roman colony, and was sacked in the Gothic War (535–554). Legend has it that even Noah’s son liked the area so much that he built the town 273 years after the great flood. There is even two famous churches’ that represent the Renaissance styles. Cortona is still a major tourist attraction for history buffs from all around the world. 



 


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