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Vitanza - Brunello di Montalcino
My dad thought it tasted like a Beaujolais Nouveau, and he wasn't far off the mark. A good glass of wine to match with a Christmas eve steak dinner. Pomegranate, minerals and pie crust on the nose and palate. Subtle, but the flavor doesn't yield to whatever's on your dinner plate.
Felsina - Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva (Berardenga)
Refined, like an al fresco summer dinner in Tuscany, this glass-coating sangiovese unveils flavors of leather, rosemary and dark chocolate.
D'Arenberg - Shiraz The Dead Arm
Its youth is still in full bloom - with the combination of plum, licorice and mineral notes still a bit wound up in strong tannins. Let's wait 2 or 3 years before opening it up again.
Jonata - El Corazon de Jonata
I opened this one a bit too young. It shows lots of promise, expressive fruit of baked cherries and dried plums, combined with a noticeable backbone of tannins. It will only get better with time. Give it 5 more years.