Tuscany is a dynamic wine region
known mostly for its red wine made
from the Sangiovese grape. The best
bottles age well, but plenty of easygo-
ing lighter-bodied reds are ready for
drinking soon after release.
Once in a lifetime: Sassicaia. Ok, it’s a
cabernet sauvignon, not a Sangiovese,
but it’s huge and dark and mysterious…
it’s really, really Italian, in other words.
Whenever you can: Brunello di Mon-
talcino is recognized as Sangiovese’s
highest expression. Try Altesino or Le
Macioche if it’s a special occasion.
Whenever you want: Chianti! Felsina
text + PhotograPhy by Jim henSley
Berardenga Chianti Classico is always
good. Fontodi is sometimes better.