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.