If you're thinking of keeping Valentine's Day low-key with a nice dinner at home, add a nice touch with a delicious and reasonably priced wine.
Wine Spectator — the definitive guide to wine — has unveiled its list of Italian reds that will have you and that special someone feeling like you’re under the Tuscan sun in no time.
Here are five reds that they recommend:
- NTINORI Toscana Villa Antinori Red 2009, $25
Black currant, bilberry, violet and spice flavors align in this luscious red, which is well-balanced and integrated, with a lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit and spices. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Drink now through 2018.
- VITICULTORI ASSOCIATI CANICATTI Nero d'Avola-Syrah Sicilia Scialo 2008, $23
Dark, rich and polished, with racy cassis, plum sauce and raspberry ganache notes woven with fine tannins and hints of spice, licorice and ash. The fruit returns for an encore on the finish. Drink now through 2015.
- CARPINETO Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, $27
This red has mellowed to a burnished glow of cherry, plum and oak spice flavors, all in harmony. There are still some tannins on the finish, but they are integrated and this shows class and complexity. Drink now through 2018.
- LUCA BOSIO Barbera d'Asti 2010, $22
Cherry, tar and mild chocolate flavors grace this smooth, generous red. Firms up on the finish, where fruit and spice notes linger. Drink now through 2016.
- ROCCA DELLE MACE Morellino di Scansano Campomaccione 2011, $16
A bright, fruit-driven style, exhibiting cherry and boysenberry flavors tinged with spice. Medium-bodied, with a hint of bitter almond on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2018.
Check these notable stores around Little Rock to see what reds are in stock:
For Wine Spectator's full list of recommended reds, click here.