Of the only two wines that Podere Sapaio makes, this ‘Volpolo’ is the more approachable and enjoyable in its youth. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot, it was aged for 16 months in a combination of new and used French oak barriques as well as larger casks, with another four months of aging in bottle before release. The oak aging contributes aromas of cedar and sandalwood which are met with notes of black currant, blueberry, black peppercorn, tobacco and ash on the fairly full-bodied and concentrated palate. There is some decent structure here with dusty and slightly chewy tannins, yet the wine still feels polished and balanced thanks to its juicy acidity. We recommend pairing with something rich and tannin-taming like a peppercorn-rubbed porterhouse steak!