Students of history will appreciate this Italian wine even before sampling. The Mazzei family has operated the Castello di Fonterutoli estate in Chianti for more than 560 years.

Sourced from high density plantings with low yields in the Badiola vineyard, this blend of sangiovese (70 percent) and merlot is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel before spending 10 months in French and American oak.

Complex and elegant, let this wine breathe and you will be treated to soft red fruit flavors cloaked in earthiness with long tannins.

Sherry: “Fruity raspberry, plum and cherry with a touch of smokiness and leather.” (3.75 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A nose of juniper with subtle flavors of cherry and plum and lovely inner-cheek dryness.” (4 stars out of 5)

Available from $10 to $13.

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