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Wines that would work well with this order would need lower acid levels since the tomato sauce will contribute plenty of acid on its own, and should carry fruit very forward to conquer the sugar/acid combination of the tomato. Key wines to consider here would be a medium-bodied Syrah or Shiraz, an Italian Chianti, a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or a California Zinfandel.

1. Leeuwin Estate Sibling Shiraz
Lifted, bright and briary, the palate expresses dark black cherries, blueberries and mulberries. Chocolate, caramel and anise surround the fruit spectrum with elevated floral notes of rose and subtle violets. Plushly textured, the palate has concentration with boysenberry and redcurrants present. Black cardamom, anise and clove sit in balance providing complexity. It is integrated and finely woven with subtle sweet oak, a delicate acid line and chalky structural tannins.

2. Querciabella Chianti Classico 2012
Alluring aromas of ripe plum, fragrant violet, menthol and baking spice emerge on this savory, enjoyable red. The juicy, easy-drinking palate combines an enticing weightless quality with succulent fruit including fleshy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and chopped herb alongside round, polished tannins.

3. Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013
The 2013 Director's Cut Zinfandel demonstrates a lush full body and velvety palate. Scents of blackberries, cherries, cloves, black pepper and oak are followed by flavors of black currants and raspberries that are enlivened with intriguing notes of bramble, anise, and spices.
1. Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2013, Mendoza
Bright, saturated ruby. Cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate, minerals and a whiff of smoked meat on the nose. Richer and sweeter than the Bella Vista bottling, but with pungent minerality, showing slightly riper acidity and a suggestion of dark chocolate to mellow out its penetrating flavors of blackberry and cassis. This wine, too, is utterly primary and backward but it's balanced from the start. A wine of outstanding density and energy; very few Argentine Malbecs can approach this one for inner-mouth tension. Finishes with noble tannins and subtle, slow-building length. Wonderfully fine-grained, seamless wine with terrific floral lift. Really spreads out to saturate the palate on the back end without leaving any impression of weight. An incredible vintage for this wine.

2. Catena Zapata Nicolas 2010 Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza
The 2010 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Malbec sourced from La Piramide, Domingo, Adrianna and Nicasia. The fresh and balanced 2010 produced good ripeness of the fruit but the acidity was also great and the wine finished with 6.5 grams of acidity and a natural pH of 3.5, as the grapes are selected from cold soils. The first vintage was 1997, but this has to be one of their finest. This has the intensity of the Catena Alta Cabernet and the verticality and austerity of the Adrianna Malbec. It has very good acidity and intensity, while it has some velvety tannins. For a minute I was trying to remember the varietals as the sense of place, the freshness and the earthy sensations clearly take over. A superb bottle of wine. This is a wine to age. Drink 2016-2023