Some wines go great with rich thick tomato sauces. Some are better suited to being in the sauce. Château Guiraud Boissezon Cuvee Melanie 2004 is one of the latter. It adds great colour and richness.
As a drink it’s not quite so good. Under-ripe tannins hide the overcooked fruit flavours underneath. There’s a little spiciness, but it struggles to fight its way through a wall of acid.
If you’re not a pasta fan, you could try mulling it at Christmas, added sugar, spice and heat may mellow it. It’s not bad served ice cold – one part wine to two parts Coke.