The 2009 Donna Laura Ali is medium-bodied, with juice red-berry fruits, Wine Wisdom author Roger Gentile says.

Sangiovese is to Tuscany what pinot noir is to Burgundy – simply the grape that makes the best and certainly most famous wines of the region.

Like pinot noir, sangiovese comes in many types, or more correctly said, many clones: Brunello has its own clone, called the prugnolo gentile; and vino nobiles are made from the sangiovese grosso. In fact, there are more than 12 different sangiovese clones, which brings me to Ali.

The 2009 Donna Laura Ali (translates to meaning "wings" in Italian) is a tasty red made from 50 percent F9 sangiovese and 50 percent CH-20 sangiovese.

This stuff is good, showing aromas of juicy red berry fruit, and sporting a nicely silky mouth presence with a snappy acid kiss at the tail. I consider it a medium-bodied drinker, with balanced acidity and ripe tannins. Delicious with pastas and grilled meats, yet also very drinkable without food, this is a great party wine.

It sells for around $10 per bottle. If you cannot find it where you shop, your favorite store can order it from 55 Degrees.

Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.