A 2004 vintage wine at the top of its game.

Now, in 2018.

Just opened, the wine in the glass exudes the welcome heat of a Tuscan afternoon. It is berry-cherry-fruity and spicy, with just enough tannin and baking spices on the palate. Lovely structure and lively acidity contribute to its great balance. Pair it with the whole meal. The wine brightens with salad. Fruit in the wine becomes deeper and more plummy with veggie or beef burgers.

This vintage wine is astoundingly good at this moment in time. But don’t wait. And don’t try to save any for another day: at the stroke of midnight this wine’s perfection disappears into a memory of greatness.

Drink with everyday dinner: salad, hamburgers, veggie burgers

Highly Recommended: 95 points BSE

WHO: Fattoria Selvapiana

WHAT: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sangiovese [most likely; blend varies according to vintage]

WHERE: Tuscany, Italy

HOW MUCH: around $40 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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