2005 Piaggia Il Sasso Carmignano

($42; a blend of 70% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot) Dark ruby. The no se is currently dominated by the oak, with some spicy plum, menthol and coffee aromas pushing through. Quite pretty in the mouth, with intense blackberry and prune flavors enlivened by a balsamic edge. The persistent finish features very silky tannins.


2004 Piaggia Carmignano Riserva

($57) Full ruby. Much more integrated on the nose than the Il Sasso, with its sweet oak component in harmony with the ripe dark fruit and balsamic aromas. Offers a lush mouth feel thanks to the abundant, rich black fruit flavors and this bottling's trademark silky tannins. Finishes long and soft. (Vin Divino, Chicago, IL)

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