Rocca delle Macie, Riserva di Fizzanno, D.O.C.G., Chianti Riserva, Italy, 2007

Especially gernerous, soft and rich bottling. It delivers aromas of bright cherry, soft spice, chocolate, pipe tobacco and a pretty flower accent at the back.  $50

Stracalli, DOCG, Chiani Classico, Italy, 2012

Ripe and lush, this red delivers cherry, strawberry adn tobacco flavors on a firm balanced frame, with a moderately long finish. $26

Castello D’Albola, D.O.C.G., Chianit Classico, Italy, 2011

Firm and taut, wtih a core of cherry and berry flavors, accented by underbrush, tobacco and iron notes. Balanced in a lean way, with a lingering aftertaste of earth and mineral  $34

Antinori, Villa Antinori, Toscana, Italy, 2011

This is fleshy and balanced, with black currant and blackberry notes accented by cedar, tobacco and spice details.  Offers intensity and length in contemporary style. $40