From the Colli Fiorentini zone of Chianti, this beautiful vin santo spent five years maturing in small oak barrels. It shows flavors of candied fruit, honey, resin, pine nut and toasted almond.— M.L.
Red rose and blue floral aromas accompanied by wafts of black fruit and spice lead the nose on this bright Chianti Classico. The lively, juicy palate offers bright sour cherry and raspberry accented by notes of sage and thyme. The palate is restrained by fresh acidity, while solid but ripe tannins stay to the finish…— K.O.
This wine opens with slightly rustic, leafy aromas that blow off in the glass to reveal mature black fruit and spice. The soft palate offers up ripe black cherry, blackberry and cinnamon. It’s round and ready so enjoy soon.— K.O.
Dark and fruity on the nose, with a touch of gritty leather. Brighter on the palate, where cherry and raspberry hold court and oak plays in the background. Juicy, fresh, immensely solid and just short of excellent. A very good Tuscan red with a little bit of everything. Drink now through 2008.— M.S.
Full and penetrating aromas get it started, but beware of some horsehide and leather that some might term barnyard. Flavors of plum and berry are round and pleasing, while the mouthfeel is a touch heavy, especially when the tannins crash down on the finish unsupported by lively acidity.— M.S.
Intense from the start, and quite rambunctious. The fruit is healthy and powerful, with ample leather and chocolate to add complexity. This wine surely has better days ahead, but opening it now and serving it with hearty food should allow it to show its best. Best Buy. —M.S.— M.S.
Rustic in a positive sense, this medium-weight, supple wine shows dark cherry fruit once a touch of sulfur blows off. Finishes long, with black-cherry, licorice and espresso flavors. It could use a year to even out and integrate its parts.— W.E.
Funky at first, with an amalgam of lactic, meat and smoke aromas. Seems a touch soft on the palate, where prune and coffee flavors match wits with black cherry. Minty green on the finish, which may be construed as tobacco.— W.E.