Thanks to Steve Greer at K&L for pointing me towards this one...$15. For a guy that likes the Loire and Italy, this was right up my alley. Lots of berries and black pepper, with lots of acidity and some tannin on the back end. Really well made, and totally delicious. Fun too, since I don't recall having Pignolo more than one other time. Went great with rare tuna coated with an herb-olive oil dressing, rice with sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives, and green beans with a warm mustard vinaigrette.
This was also a Steve Greer selection...also quite delicious for $14. Lots of sour cherry, some more earthy notes. Sarah says lots of pithy grapefruit notes. Well balanced, and just fleshy enough to be really interesting. Definitely put the $10 Bourgogne that we had for the wedding to shame (should have just bought a shitload of this instead...) This sure isn't like the last Burgundy we had...but we also could have had an entire case of this wine for the price of the last Burgundy that we had...so this is well worth picking up again in my book.