WHAT: Monte del Frá Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2008 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Veneto, Italy
WHY: Grown in hillside vineyards in the original Classico zone and made with 80 per cent Corvina grapes, this Valpolicella ("valley of many cellars") should not disappoint. An apothecary-esque bouquet (think wooden drawers full of herbs) and a flavour of spice-dusted cherries, all carried on a light textural frame, confirm expectations. Meatball sandwiches for all my friends. Too bad it's gone up $2 since 2010. Must be the strong euro.
PRICE: 750 ml/$15.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets as of April 28 (Product #272500)