Italy is a huge wine producing country. With so many regions and varietals, it can be very confusing. Italian wine is very unique, and is relatively a good harvest every year. Pick up any vintage, and you won't go wrong.
2006 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa
Purchased a 375ml off a restaurant list for $30. Opened, and not decanted. This wine is dark ruby in color and has an amazingly complex nose. There are hints of raisins, cherry, flowers, spice and black cherries. Its a big, almost "thick" wine. I don't want to say "syrupy" because I think that would turn a lot of people off. But it definitely is viscous and will coat the inside of your mouth when you drink it.
My Rating: Outstanding