Also recommended: 2005 Argenina Chianti Classico (86). (Marc de Grazia; importers include Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

2005 Podere il Palazzino La Casina Girasole Toscana Rosso

($16; a blend of sangiovese, canaiolo nero, malvasia nera and colorino) Medium bright ruby. Pretty, deep aromas of sweet red cherry and orange zest. Juicy and penetrating, with good texture to the ripe fruit, but the red cherry, plum and cured tobacco flavors could use more length. Still, this offers a soft, easygoing appeal and should prove very enjoyable with food.

87

2004 Podere il Palazzino Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese

($52) Ruby-red. Clean, fresh aromas and flavors of floral red berries, citrus, sage and marjoram. On the light side, with good vinosity and a somewhat short but nicely perfumed, floral finish. The wine's slightly edgy acids and light tannins are in balance with its fruit. Not a blockbuster but enjoyably fruity and fresh.

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