The 2011 Vitiano Rosso is surprisingly medium-bodied in this vintage, which causes the French oak to be a bit more noticeable than is typically the case. This tasty Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend is a solid choice for drinking over the next year or two. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2014. 86 Points Wine Advocate
Intense bright ruby red, cherry and blackberry nose with cinnamon and clove nuances. Full and well-balanced, soft but tasty, with good structure. Pleasant acidity, clean and persistent aftertaste. Winery
Col di Sasso, which translates to "Stony Hill," is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes cultivated on the most rocky and impervious slopes of the Banfi estate in Montalcino, Tuscany. Typically harvested in early October, each grape variety is vinified separately. The Sangiovese imparts body, while stainless steel aged Cabernet Sauvignon adds fruit and structure. Col di Sasso is a youthful red to be enjoyed with grilled or roasted meats, poultry, or as an ideal accompaniment to pasta with meat sauce and mildly piquant cheeses.