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A Wine to Try: 2008 Tenuta di Trinoro Rosso Toscano ‘Le Cupole’

The 2008 Rosso Toscana "Le Cupole" Trinoro is a great red for barbecue season. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The 2008 Rosso Toscana "Le Cupole" Trinoro is a great red for barbecue season. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2008 Tenuta di Trinoro Rosso Toscano ‘Le Cupole’

Maremma, Tuscany

$29 to $37

Full-bodied and intense

Goes with: Barbecued meats: steaks, chops, sausages

The term “Rosso Toscano” usually indicates an inexpensive wine made for everyday drinking. But in this case, the wine is essentially a Super Tuscan, made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Not a drop of Sangiovese, but it’s unmistakably Tuscan — intense and concentrated, with a seductive tonal palate and enough body and tannic grip to age and evolve. And hard to resist now.

This is a great red for barbecue season, with the stuff to stand up to smoke and char. Think bistecca or any big old steak, pork chops, sausages and kebabs - any or all with a mess of grilled red peppers, zucchini and eggplant.

— S. IRENE VIRBILA, Los Angeles Times

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