SRP of $20 and available for around $19. Imported by Old Bridge Cellars. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Becco Appiccicoso – Italian for ‘Stickybeak’, Australian slang for a ‘busybody’ or ‘nosey neighbor’. As a verb: to have a look, to investigate. By chance we met famed Tuscan-based Alberto Antonini in his Victoria, Australia vineyard and, recognizing a kindred spirit, soon after flew to Italy to have a ‘stickybeak’ at his 40-year old Cerreto Guidi vineyards. The wine you hold cements our partnership – a generous yet structured blend of mature vine Sangiovese and Merlot with a dollop of spicy Syrah from nearby Maremma.
The 2011 Stickybeak Toscana begins with the signature Sangiovese sour cherry notes along with a little vanilla and mint. Tasting the wine reveals lots of tart cherry, some cola and really nice dried herbs. This wine is probably still a bit young, but quite good already and the Merlot and Syrah make for a tasty blend. Thanks to good acidity this wine will be fairly food flexible as well. It ends with more tart cherry and good length.
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