2017 La Petite Mort The Monte (Montepulciano) has beautiful proportions, a lovely figure, plush and round. This is foot trod, so although tannins are extracted, they aren’t firm. I’m uncertain as to the vessel for aging, though it isn’t Amphorae. Hazarding a guess, old French oak, probably some new. Wonderful to drink an Italian variety that’s not Sangiovese or Nebbiolo. The whole gamut of fruit colours, red, blue and black. Juicy palate of plum, red and black cherry, cassis, raspberry and aniseed. Versatile with food and the food doesn’t have to be Italian.