2006 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Chianti doesn't get the recognition it deserves.  Some of the best Chianti's (and this is one of them) are as good as most Brunello's or most other wines.  Factor in price, and these are some of the great red wine values of the world.  This was opened and allowed to breathe for an hour.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is very nice with dark cherries, some forest floor/tea leaves and a bit of tarragon.  On the palate, juicy acidity.  This went great with Grilled Polenta with a three pepper sauce.  Flavors of sour cherries, some black cherries with a bit of tea.  Nice finish.  This is just s

2004 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

This is remarkably approachable at this point.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries and rose notes with a bit of dust and spice.  On the palate, there are silky tannins.  Nice cherry fruit layered with dry forest floor.  Great acidity.  Long finish.  It was decanted for a few hours and that seemed to do the trick.  No hurry on it, but with some air, it is ready to go.  

2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Despite a four hour decant, this still needed more time.  After a few hours more in the glass, it really started to open up.  Ruby in color.  Gorgeous nose of cherries, slight dried cherries, rose and slight tar.  Firm tannins.  The palate has depth with layers of cherries and some forest floor.  Great acidity.  Long finish.  Plenty of upside here.  Hold for a few more years.  

2004 Dessilani Piemonte Nebbiolo Spanna Riserva, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Bought on release for $19.99 and consumed in 2017, this is what value wines are all about.  Sure, its not Barolo, but it drinks in that style and is excellent.  Ruby in color.  The nose is mature with cherries, dust, tar and dried roses.  On the palate, this does not have much depth but nice cherry and dried cherry fruit.  Good acidity.  Certainly at its peak or slightly past.  It begs for food and delivers at the table.  Great value.  

2016 Folonari Chianti, Italy, Tuscany - Wine Review

This sells for about $7.  It certainly is an excellent value at that price.  A nice wine to order at a local Italian restaurant or buy for a party.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is clean with raspberries, and light black cherries.  Slight tea leaves.  On the palate, this is crisp and clean.  Cherried.  Nary a tannin.  Dry but a perception of sweetness.  Good acidity.  Works with food.