A year ago, while writing the Podere Riosto case, Mike and his friend Seth Wilson, an international wildlife conservation expert, had a chance to sample the vineyard's Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot blend in Bologna. Here we are, a year later, with the final bottled product. It's Podere Riosto's higher priced initiative (around 25 Euro) geared towards both Italian and international distribution. How was it? Divine! Notes of vanilla, oak, and red peppers. Robert Parker would approve!