The seat of the Mazzei family since, oh, 1435--produces some killer Tuscan reds. But along with beautiful Chianti Classicos and riservas and its highly sought-after flagship wine, Siepi, the estate makes Poggio alla Badiola from younger vines, in a younger style.
This cheerful, juicy wine tasting of earth and berries is almost entirely Sangiovese (94%), with a soupcon of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It has the soft tannins and silky texture that make for easy drinking. Slightly chilled, it's a perfect barbecue wine. And by today's standards, it's quite a bargain.
About $10. Available at Baron's in Del Mar, (858) 481-2323; Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey, (310) 306-2822; Wally's in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111.