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Wine Review: Monte Antico’s Toscana 2009

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                                      Beautiful Beautiful Brown Eyes Monte Antico's Toscana 2009 has a high grape aroma that is apparent upon first pour. The color is a dark maroon red which indicates its hardiness and ideal winter selection. Tears are large and medium paced that represents its medium body. Oxidization on the glass is apparent that smoothed out the taste.  It is fruity by nature and full of ripe grape flavor. There is a light level of acidity and tannin aftertaste. Monte Antico’s Toscana  2009 is a red wine blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.  It is an Italian import from the Toscana region. According to Wine-Searcher.com it was the 1199 th popular wine on their site. It was given a rank of 87 and is considered a strong buy.  The wine comes from the Maremma, Colline Pisane and Colli Fiorentini  regions of Tuscany.  The area’s history is recorded back to the 8 th century B.C. Etruscans   who used to sharecrop with local ari

19 Crimes Wine-Wine with a History

19 Crimes is an Australian red wine that tastes of licorice, fruits, and vanilla. The brand is labeled after the historical development of colonies in Australia. It is a label associated with the experience of being accused and being sent to work camps from England. It is an Australian wine and imported to the U.S. in Napa Valley. The taste is relatively light, fruity by nature, and does not have a large tannin aftertaste.  The name is interesting in that it represents how Australia started and gives honor to all those who are falsely accused.   There were 19 crimes that could get you sent from England to the Australian work camps that eventually turned into colonies. At this time in history an unfair suspicion could land you in a work camp for decades. Young children barely in their teens were sentenced for life for stealing something as simple as what we might consider candy or being born into the wrong ethnicity.  The wine name after John Boyle O'Reilly comes with