Wine of the Day, No. 431

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Made all in stainless steel and all the better for its freshness and appeal, the Tenuta Sant’Antonio Nanfrè 2016, Valpolicella Superiore, drank very nicely indeed with the sausage, kale and potato soup I made last night. A blend of 70 percent corvina grapes and 30 percent rondinella — essential varieties of this area in Italy’s Veneto region — the wine offers a beguiling transparent medium ruby hue and arresting, pert aromas of raspberries and black cherries, highlighted by notes of tea leaf and briers, violets and sage, with blue plums in the background. The lively texture leans on bright acidity and moderately dusty tannins for a lithe and supple structure, these elements supporting tasty black and red berry fruit. The lip-smacking succulence of these flavors does not keep the wine from its measure of dry spareness nor does the briery-brambly nature of its structure make it rustic. It is, mainly, …

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