2008 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino (Elsewhere $40)
The great thing about this Brunello from Fanti is that it delivers complexity and intensity, but remains approachable and user friendly nonetheless. It’s like a comfortable cashmere coat: There’s class and elegance with a utilitarian side. Pair it with tri-tip slow cooked over coals. — M.L.
Pretty plum and peach character on the nose follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a fresh, tangy, fruity finish. Drink now.
Displays plenty of graphite, spice and personality, along with a lacy texture and supple tannins. The lively acidity focuses the cherry, strawberry and spice flavors, revealing an echo of spice on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright dark red with a pale rim. Floral red berry and citrus peel aromas are complicated by sweet spices and minerals. Fresh and clean in the mouth, with red cherry, tobacco and spice flavors. Finishes with rising, classically dry but not drying tannins and a hint of game.