This wine, from a tiny estate with high-elevation vineyards in Radda, is an exception in this group, because in addition to 95 percent sangiovese it contains 5 percent merlot. Unlike other wines with international grapes in the blend, I could not detect any influence in the wine, which was bright, juicy and vibrant, with pure flavors of red cherries and dusty tannins. Riccardo Lanza, the proprietor, is essentially a one-person operation. He farms organically, ferments in concrete vats and ages the wine in large oak barrels. -Eric Asimov
We want to pair it with Rabbit Cacaitore Sicilian olives and vine ripe tomatoes and garlic. Grilled meats and charcuterie platter and parmigiano-reggiano, Cacio Pepe, Truffled Risotto and grilled meaty steak mushrooms.