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2008 Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina 

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Tuscany, Italy / $20-$25 Retail

Marchesi de Frescobaldi makes this blend of primarily Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon at an estate dating back to the 11th century, . The wine offers aromas of tart cherry and blackberry with hints of leather and spice. On the palate, taste red and black currants and dried plum with espresso, earthy and oaky notes. Drink it at: Tony Angello's, Venezia, The Rib Room, Broussard's, Vincent's Italian Cuisine in Uptown, Cafe Giovanni, Eleven79, Andrea's, Salvatore Ristorante, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Adolfo's, Cafe DiBlasi, Sal and Judy's, Nuvolari's and Ristorante Carmelo. — Brenda Maitland


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