2009 Giovanni Chiappini "Guado de' Gemoli" Bolgheri Superiore (Elsewhere $140)
**Cellar Selection** This small, family-run estate in the heart of Bolgheri has delivered a wine so beautiful and elegant, it is catapulted to the level of landmark vintages of its celebrated neighbors, Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Inky concentration sets the stage for generous, but perfectly integrated, aromas of spice, chocolate and dark fruit. There's firm roundness in the mouth, followed by unforgettable persistence. Hold this wine 15 years or more.
Cabernet Sauvignon 80% and Merlot 20%. It's aged in French oak barriques for 12 months.