2001 Giorgio Primo Chianti Classico La Massa
I know wine buffs who have been buying up cases of the 2001 Giorgio Primo Chianti Classico since they found out how cheap it has gotten. Produced by Giampaolo Motta at Fattoria La Massa in Panzano in Chianti, the 2001 Giorgio Primo is a beautiful expression of Sangiovese with notes of dark berries, leather and forest woven together. Elegant and restrained, this is a Chianti that deserves a special meal — a Kurobuta pork roast, a rack of Sonoma lamb or a massive bistecca.
And the price? Hard to believe, because this wine cost more than $50 when it was first released. Overstock or dumping, I don't know. But whatever the reason, get some before it's gone. P.S., the 2000 vintage is still around too, at more or less the same price.
--S. Irene Virbila
Price: About $30
Style: Full-bodied and lush
What it goes with: Pork roast, rack of lamb, bistecca
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Wine House in West Los Angeles (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, http://www.winex.com.