When a special bottle of red is on the agenda, you can't go wrong with this ripe, sinewy Tuscan from the Montepeloso estate. A blend of Montepulciano with Sangiovese, Marselan and a touch of Alicante Bouschet, "Eneo" has a voluptuous bouquet and tastes of cherries, earth and sweet spices. Complex and elegant, the 2008 will stand out at any dinner party, a beautiful example of Tuscan winemaking from Fabio Chiarelotto.
Price: $37 to $50
What it goes with: Break it out for a porchetta or pork roast, for stinco (braised veal shank) or a hefty bistecca.
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times