2007 La Montecchia Cabernet Franc 'Godimondo'

  (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Cabernet Franc is so identified with the Loire Valley in France that it's hard to remember that the grape is also much loved in the Veneto. Just tasted: the 2007 Montecchia "Godimondo." This is one smooth Cabernet Franc from a family whose history in the area goes way back -- as in the 10th century in Venice. It has all the spiciness and earthy qualities you'd expect, along with deep, bright-flavored fruit. A truly delicious bottle, perfect for a roast chicken or duck, a chicken fricassee or pasta with sausage or chicken livers. Great fall drinking.

-- S. Irene Virbila

Region: Veneto, Italy

Price: About $16

Style: Full-bodied and smooth

What it goes with: Roast duck, chicken fricassee, pasta with sausage

Where to find it: Mission Wines in South Pasadena (626) 403-9463, www.missionwines.com; Red Carpet Wine Merchants in Glendale (818) 247-5544 or (800) 339-0609, www.redcarpetwine.com; San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles, (323) 223-1401, www.sanantoniowinery.com; Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454, www.winex.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse.com.