Tasting these wines side-by-side was a wonderful treat - like traveling to the different places where the grapes are grown all from the comfort of my couch.
The next delight was trying them with what I made for dinner, which was a simple pasta dish with red sauce and some sausage. Where I was gaga for the Primitivo on its own, I had to admit that the Toscana was probably what complemented that dish the best. The Montepulciano was also stellar, and the Primitivo didn't fall off entirely, but its lush fruit would be more suited to something like olives and aged parmesan, or even chocolate cake.
Suffice to say you can't go wrong with any of these powerhouse Italian reds, all at great prices. The producer, Natale Verga, crafted the "1895" La Storia wines to express "all the elegance proper of these excellent products, fruit of the great relationship between wine and the territory where they are born." The bottles are heavy, bringing more "weight" to their overall value. They're easy to find in the store - there's a great display up front, and they're also among the Italian wines and in the Highly Rated section, as they have all received scores of 90+ from various reviewers. And of course, you can ask one of us for help.