A couple of friendly Italian reds

Tedeschi Lucchine Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy (£11.99 Italian Continental Stores, R Campbell & Sons, BJR Hanby, Polygon Wines, The Square Wine Company, Grape Sense)
Gentle, squishy ripe red cherry (fresh and cooked) with a tinge of bitterness to add freshness, a touch of volatility but it’s in balance, and the overall impression is refreshing and moreish. S-

Barone Ricasoli Chianti del Barone 2014, Tuscany, Italy (£11.99 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Bakers and Larners of Holt, Roberts & Speight, The Bottle Shop, BJR Hanby)
Perfumed, almost floral, with gentle red berry, a hint of apple and something quite peachy and perfumed, almost as if some Viognier had made its way into the blend. Fresh, young quaffable style, very approachable but with a classic Italian savoury bitter cherry edge emerging with time. B+

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