Tasting notes: The Rennina 2004, of which 2,200 cases were made, is a dark-red sangiovese redolent of violets, rosemary, spiced wood, and wild berries. Its flavor profile is an opulent amalgam of black cherry, vanilla, licorice, and a touch of wild game. Worth knowing: After World War II, the majority of Italian wineries emphasized quantity over quality, turning out often-troubled wines in high volume. A handful of families, however, refused to compromise their standards and traditions—none more steadfastly than the Gaja family. Founded in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja, the Gaja Winery in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont has remained committed to making fine wines that express the unique character of the vineyards’ varied soils. .