I havenít posted much on the wines Iíve had that Iíve liked, as think Iíve migrated away from the majority of folkís price point. Iím starting to search harder for good bargain wines (under $30 US) again. Iím also starting to tire of California wines. I love them, but theyíre just getting to be too damn expensive, and they all tend to be over oaked.
Iím now concentrating on France, Italy and Spain. These three countries are very difficult for me, as they have an entirely different classification method than North American wines.
One thing I find quite amazing, is how French wines can taste so different with food, then when drinking them without food. I have had a couple bottles that I though were swill drinking them on their own, but when having them with food, they literally come to life. The same goes for Italian wine. Wines from Spain tend to stand on their own a bit better.
I had an Italian wine I thought was excellent. Great on its own, and even better with red meat. You can get it from Wine.com for $20.
Itís a mix of 40% cab sav, 20% merlot, 20% syrah, 20% sangiovese
Earth tones, but with a fruity pallet. Well balanced, med-heavy body. Nice lingering finish.