£21.50, Corney & Barrow
I’ve drunk earlier vintages of this opulent, satin-smooth red at the estate with wild boar (the local cinghiale of the label) and it’s a seamless pairing, but it’s such a supple, ample and well–tuned wine it’s a match for all sorts of food – darker meat, lighter meat, vegetable dishes, cheese... Campo di Sasso is a 46-hectare estate near Bibbona in coastal southwest Tuscany that was established by, and belongs to, Lodovico Antinori, one of the famous Florentine Antinori clan. The southern warmth here lends itself to a northern Rhône/Bordeaux hybrid blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a touch of Petit Verdot and it's part-matured in French oak. Aromas of violets, blackcurrants, vanilla and tobacco meet flavours of briary black fruit, barbecued meat, chocolate, cappuccino, spice, pepper and a fresh, softly herby finish. The idea is that it’s ready for drinking when released, as the 2016 has just been, and for three or four years after that, but, well-stored (and with a degree of self-discipline), you could keep this longer.
Tenuta Campo di Sasso Insoglio del Cinghiale Toscana 2016, Tuscany, Italy
£21.50, Corney & Barrow; £23.49, Tannico