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A Wine to Try: 2010 Brancaia Rosso Toscano ‘Tre’

The 2010 Brancaia Rosso Toscano "Tre" is a Tuscan red that will roll with any summer menu. "Tre" is a blend of three grapes (mostly Sangiovese, with 10 percent each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Brancaia’s three estates in Tuscany. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The 2010 Brancaia Rosso Toscano "Tre" is a Tuscan red that will roll with any summer menu. "Tre" is a blend of three grapes (mostly Sangiovese, with 10 percent each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Brancaia’s three estates in Tuscany. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2010 Brancaia Rosso Toscano “Tre”

Tuscany, Italy

$16 to $20

Easygoing, with character

Goes with: Pasta fagioli, hearty pasta dishes, antipasti spreads, burgers, meatloaf

Here’s a Tuscan red that will roll with any summer menu. “Tre” is a blend of three grapes (mostly Sangiovese, with 10 percent each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Brancaia’s three estates in Tuscany. The 2010, easygoing, but with character and substance, conjures up the taste of blueberries and dark cherries and something darker and more earthy. Think of it as a strongly drawn secondary character. Maybe not the lead, but I’m happy to open a bottle for dinner at home with friends anytime.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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