My turn to cook, I made Beschwipster*Huhn (German drunken chicken in
red wine), Cuban black beans and rice, and asparagus. Wine was the
2004 Giovanni Manzone "Castelletto" Barolo. Picked this up in a
recent Zachys sale for $22. Tannins are round and soft enough to
think of this as modern styled Barolo, but there isn't a lot of new
oak apparent. Red raspberry and cherry fruit, a little pipesmoke and
tar, friendly enough. Round or not, the tannins are quite apparent, so
I think a few years of age will do this some good. Don't think it's a
long ager, but a nice wine (about as good as you're going to get in
under $25 Barolo!). B

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.