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Wine Advocate

Monica Larner

2019 Merlot 'Tubbo'


The Cantina Gaffino 2019 Merlot Tubbo is a darkly saturated and succulent wine that is packed tight with lots of primary fruit ranging from dark cherry and blackberry to plum and soft spice. This is a rich, medium-bodied wine to pair with one of my favorite dishes: bucatini all'amatriciana with extra guanciale(pork jowl). The grapes are sourced from a two-hectare site with volcanic-clay soils. Production is 6700 bottles.