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Terra Viva (Italy) Vino Rosso NV
There are a number of southern Italian reds on the market which, like this one, are non-vintage, being a blend of wines from two or more years. Though this practice appears to go against the grain that quality wines should be the product of a single year, in fact often the result is deep and satisfying wines with a ready-made element of maturity. This wine is also organic, grown without the aid of any synthetic pesticides or fertilisers. It has a beautifully soft, tobacco-tinged, spicy berry nose, with little notes of cardomum and cherry. On the palate there's plenty of spice and mellow, earthy, damson and plum fruit, a nice nip of tannin and enough acidity to freshen the finish. A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Montepulciano grapes.