Kathy’s Pick #1: 2013 Silverado Sangiovese, $24

Sometimes, in the vast warehouses of our distributors, wines get lost or buried, and if you’re lucky, there are some real gems to be found. That is the case with this wine. I happened to see it in one of their price books, so I tried it, and it so impressed that we bought the last two available cases. Being a 2013 vintage, this wine has had time to develop some character: the tannins have smoothed out, leaving a silky, delicious wine. A blend of 90 percent Sangiovese and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it has aromas of cherry, dried cranberry and white pepper, with crushed herbs, cedar and earthy notes making an appearance. A balanced wine with bright acidity and abundant fruit, it has a broad mid-palate with a lingering finish. I encourage you to try a bottle before it’s all gone.