There have been no lead paint reports or choking hazards (yet), but apparently some 600,000 bottles of Banfi 2003 Brunello di Montalcino
have been confiscated by authorities in Italy.Authorities suspect the wine (which is supposed to be made from 100% Sangiovese grapes) may have been cut with another grape. They calculated how many acres were supposed to be allocated to Brunello wines and determined the number of bottles from the 2003 vintage seemed too high.More on this here
. I know some of the private wine stores carry the Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, but I'm not sure what vintage is out there. I'll check it out this weekend.In the meatime, here's a wine I tried recently...Rosemount 2006 Grenache Shiraz (South Eastern Australia - $13.99, available at Liquor Marts and beyond)A big, fruity nose of ripe cherries, pipe tobacco and cola here - lots of fruit and no funk. As is sometimes the case with New World Grenache, there's a grapey-ness that's somewhat reminiscent of Kool-Aid (not necessarily in a bad way), but the Shiraz brings up the rear with some peppery cherry components. It's definitely a fruity, New World red that's medium-bodied and juicy. Chilling it down for 10-15 minutes wouldn't hurt, especially once (or if) the mercury (ever) rises.