Montessu Isola di Nuraghi (Sardinia), IGT 2009, $30. The wine is a wild combination of Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It is mellow, soft, smooth, texturous and very reminiscent of leather, pipe tobacco, sweet vanilla, and toffee. The wine is a cowboy in a well-worn flannel shirt. A Spaghetti Western with absolutely no rustic edges; just well-polished boots and sweet smoke. Cheroot and poncho a la Clint Eastwood without the grit. It finishes like a soft ballad, all low, sultry notes … singular and haunting.