New label, same incredible quality.
It's almost embarrassing to do a Vitiano review. The Wine Curmudgeon is not the fawning type, yet I sound like a gushing school girl whenever I write about these wines. The quality is consistent from vintage to vintage; the wines are always spot on, balanced, and varietally correct; and they always offer $15 to $20 worth of value.
All of which is true for this edition of the Rosso ($10, purchased). And, since I was able to find it for $10, it will reappear in the 2011 $10 Hall of Fame. The Rosso, a blend of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet, is dark, deep, and fresh. Don't expect a New World style of wine that will overwhelm you with fruit or tannins; rather, it's an amazingly subtle wine for something that is this inexpensive. There''s a hint of cherry and a bit of Italian earthiness, and it really doesn't need anything else. Drink it with any sort of red meat, tomato sauce or even roast chicken. Highly recommended.