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ON OUR ITAL­IAN SE­LEC­TION 2011 CHALK­BOARD TOSCANA SAN­GIOVESE ($14) Vin­tage Cellars’ Chalk­board se­ries ex­plores value al­ter­na­tive va­ri­etals from suc­cess­ful vi­gnerons. This san­giovese is from the va­ri­etal’s home of Tus­cany, pre­served un­der screw­cap for con­sis­tency. It has sim­ple red cherry fruit, neu­tral oak, soft tan­nins and mod­er­ate acid­ity. It’s not flawed, but lacks the com­plex­ity the va­ri­etal can achieve on home turf. Score : 85/100. Avail­able at Vin­tage Cellars

2012 BORGO SANLEO CHI­ANTI ( $12) Amaz­ing to think a wine can be cul­ti­vated, fer­mented, aged, bot­tled and shipped across the world for this price. On the lighter side – dry tan­nins and high acid­ity speak louder than the fruit – but, over­all, a far cry from the raf­fia-bas­keted can­dle­hold­ers of the ’80s. 87 / Selected BWS

2011 POGGERINO CHI­ANTI CLAS­SICO DOCG ( $ 45) Ob­vi­ous step up in qual­ity here. The nose is lay­ered with dark for­est fruit and earth, and the palate has breadth, weight and tex­ture. Bal­ance is flawed only by a slight sense of al­co­hol heat. Fine, dry tan­nins sug­gest longevity, and it’s a sound choice for red grilled meat or tomato-laden pasta. 91 / Wine Ex­pe­ri­ence, Padding­ton

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