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Principe Strozzi Selvascura 2013
Toscana IGT, Italy

Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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For film buffs, Federico Fellini evokes Italian decadence, sumptuous design, and boldly drawn characters. This versatile Super Tuscan red, with its blend of bold and refreshing grapes, works equally well with the neorealist Nights of Cabiria and the vibrant color fantasy Juliet of the Spirits. Both of these films star Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife and an actress whose beguiling presence onscreen is matched by this wine’s rich and enticing aromas.

THE WINE

If you’ve never tasted a Super Tuscan red before, you’re in for a treat with this gem, crafted by Franco Bernabei, the genius behind Tuscany’s iconic Fontodi Flaccianello (which can sell for $100-plus a bottle). His exclusive Selvascura takes its name from the Italian word for “dark forest.” And it takes its sumptuous cherry and chocolate flavors from a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot, grown near Maremma’s ultra-premium village, Bolgheri. It's a ‘royally’ delicious red we can't wait for you to try.

THE HISTORY

For over a thousand years, the Strozzi family have been a formidable force in Italian life and history. Their recorded archives reveal them as powerful bankers, statesmen, soldiers and rivals to the Medicis. Niccolò Machiavelli served as their private family secretary, and even Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo (aka the Mona Lisa) is a Strozzi ancestor. Their 11th-century estate is now run by Prince Girolamo Strozzi, his wife and two daughters (below, toasting the release of a new vintage).

THE REGION

Tuscany is home to many of Italy’s top wines. Chianti may be the name everyone knows, but Super Tuscans (Italian grapes blended with international varieties like Cab) have gained a loyal following. Selvascura is from the coastal region of Maremma (near Bolgheri, home to the finest Super Tuscans of all), where warm days and cool sea breezes ripen grapes perfectly.

WITH FOOD

Like all top-quality Tuscan reds, Selvascura is a very versatile food wine. The rich structure and plummy smoothness from the Cabernet and Merlot mean it will pair well with hearty beef dishes. That bright cherry tang you’ll pick up is from the Sangiovese, and it’s a perfect foil for acidic, tomato sauce-based dishes. Try with osso buco or pasta in a simple marinara.

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