Since it’s the holidays, I decided to spend a little more than usual on my monthly wine pick and grab something for Christmas dinner. I chose the Giodo Toscana. Before I get into the wine itself, a small amount of background on the winemaker will help to explain my interest. Podere Giodo is the pet project of well-known Tuscan winemaker and consultant Carlo Ferrini. At 1000 cases, his production is small, and he only makes two wines, his Giodo Brunello di Montalcino and this Giodo Toscana. The Brunello is well regarded among critics, with the 2010 receiving 100 points from James Suckling and 98 points from Robert Parker. It has long since sold out, but I had to try its little brother! Made entirely of Sangiovese grapes, when first opened the wine was very tight and required some air in order to open up. On the nose it showed tar, cherries, strawberry, and a touch of herb. The texture was soft and silky, but there was still great structure with firm tannins. Continually changing over the course of the night, a multitude of different flavors became more prominent at different times. Cherries, tar, anise, herb, cola and even a touch of orange peel made this a great wine experience and well worth the money!