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Montellassi IL CANNETO 2011

Winemaker/Director of Eonology: Marco Stefanini  Mantellassi Il Canneto
Variety: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Tuscany, Italy

One of those lucky finds, when for $8 you get a perfect Sangiovese to accompany your tortellini dinner.

IL CANNETO is made from a blend of various clones of Sangiovese, cultivated on the hills of Maremma. The hot and dry climate in the province of Grosseto, with a very low rainfall, results in limited yield. Therefore the Sangiovese here has the premium concentration of flavors and color.

The wine aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness of the fruit.

The Montellassi winery makes a number of wines, red, white and rose – and I am looking forward to grab some other bottles of their portfolio the next time.

moje logo small3Tasting notes:

Bright, ruby color and fresh aroma of dark cherries. On the palate, this is medium body red with lively fruit, bright flavors. I like the fact that the wine has enough weight on its own to accommodate even heavier meals, although it’s not supported with oak.  An excellent value!!! I will definitely go back for more!

Chianti, Great wines under $10, Italy, Red wine, Sangiovese, Tuscany

Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti 2008

 

Winemaker: Maurizio Castelli
Grape: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Caniaolo
Region: Tuscany, Italy

See other wines from this producer:
Coltibuono Sangiovese Cancelli
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Stucchi

This beautiful estate got its name (means “Abbey of the good harvest”) thanks to a very historic heritage. It is at least 1000 years old and the monks of Coltibuono, The Vallombrosan, may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese grape in Tuscany.The monastery was active in agriculture from 1000 to around 1800, when Napoleon confiscated most of church properties in Tuscany. Some he gave away as political favors or to his friends, some he sold. When Stucchi family purchased it in 1841, they were only 3rd owner of the original estate.

Emanuela Stucchi, who runs it today with her siblings, are the 7th generation stewards of the property. Their biggest goal is to nurture the land (most of their vineyards are organic, all of them are sustainably farmed) and make the best expression of Sangiovese and the unique terroire of Chianti Classico.

The grapes for Cetamura were sourced from selected Sangiovese vineyards, located in the best Tuscany areas. Grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and than aged for a brief period of time in the bottle before its release. The family strive was to make young, fresh wine that reflects the high quality of Sangiovese grape in this region.

Tasting notes:
Vibrant ruby red color with a beautiful aroma of cherry and red fruit with an earthy tones. On the palate surprisingly full body for the wine that didn’t see the oak, very smooth and pleasant. Impressive expression of fruit and well balanced with the acidity. This could be very well the best Chianti in this price range. Long finish is an extra bonus (usually reserved for much more expensive wines). Wonderful home wine that wouldn’t brake your valet.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: around $ 9.00

Ideal food pairing:
Antipasto, My traditional lasagna, Vermicelli con melanzana, Beef Bourguignon, Philly cheesesteak Panini, Roasted salmon with creamy spinach

Italy, Molise, Red wine, Sangiovese

Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008

Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008
Winemaker: Alessio Di Majo
Grape: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Molise, Italy

The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise, on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This beautiful estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800s. In the 1960s a modern cantina was constructed here a clone selection of native vines were replanted.

Great sun exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys doesn’t only make this estate totally beautiful and elegant, but it also provides the perfect environment for grapes.

Previously awarded by 90 points repeatedly, this wine could be the best bargain there is in Sangiovese world. For a $10 – 12.00 price tag, Di Majo Norante over-delivers all the time.

Tasting notes:
Aroma of this wine brings me to a Mediterranean meadow, full of wild flowers. I am sitting there, smelling violets and my hands are still red from raspberries I just picked nearby. O.K., I know.

There is some romantic sentiment about the aroma of this wine but the taste wouldn’t disappoint you either. Surprisingly full body after it breath for a while. Clean expression of fruit yet dry and elegant with soft, mellow tannin and well balanced acidity. Long finish with a great elegance. I have tasted quite a few vintages of this wine and it always delivered a wow factor for me.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Organically grown
Retail price: under $ 12.00

Ideal food pairing:
antipasti, pizza, Spaghetti Marinara, Philly Cheese-steak Panini, roasted peppers with sausage, medium aged cheeses

Great wines under $10, Italy, Red blends, Red wine, Sangiovese, Tuscany

Coltibuono Sangiovese Cancelli 2006


Winemaker: Maurizio Castelli, cellar master: Giampaolo Saccocci
Grapes: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Syrah
Region: Tuscany, Italy

See other wines from this producer:
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Stucchi
Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti

This beautiful estate got its name (means “Abbey of the good harvest”) thanks to a very historic heritage. It is at least 1000 years old and the monks of Coltibuono, The Vallombrosan, may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese grape in Tuscany.

The monastery was active in agriculture from 1000 to around 1800, when Napoleon confiscated most of church properties in Tuscany. Some he gave away as political favors or to his friends, some he sold. When Stucchi family purchased it in 1841, there were only 3rd owner of the original estate.

Emanuela Stucchi, who runs it today with her siblings, is the 7th generation owner of the property. Their biggest goal is to nurture the land (most of their vineyards are organic, all of them are sustainably farmed) and make the best expression of Sangiovese and the unique terroire of Chianti Classico.

The grapes for “Cancelli” Rosso di Toscana were sourced from different vineyards. Wine was fermented in stainless steel to protect the youthfulness and freshness.


Tasting notes:
Purple-red color with rich aroma of cherries, spices and wild flowers. Cancelli opens up on the palate into mellow and slightly spicy flavors of red berries and cherries. Great balance of acidity. Even without the support of oak the wine stands firmly on its own.

Very satisfying long finish. Best to drink when young, but has potential to improve when kept for couple of years. No wonder it was repeatedly awarded as a terrific value or best buy by prestigious wine magazines.

This vintage was selected as Best value by both WS and WA

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 10.00 !!

Ideal food pairing:
Great match to any Italian dishes or tomato based sauces, Vermicelli con Melanzana, Ratatouille, My traditional lasagna and many more

Great wines under $10, Italy, Red blends, Red wine, Sangiovese, Umbria

Falesco Vitiano 2007


Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Grapes: 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet and 34% Sangiovese
Region: Umbria, Italy

Falesco winery was established in 1979 with a goal to rediscover and enhance the value of Lazio’s traditional grape varietals. Riccardo, one of Italy’s finest winemakers needed just few years to create a whole list of success with his wines.
Located just 50 miles from Rome, Falesco’s vineyards are situated in the most prestigious areas around the Umbrian-Lazian border.

After the harvest grapes are immediately transported to the winery and fermented in stainless steel. The winery is using the most advanced wine technology to achieve the best possible quality of their wines. Vitiano is then aged for 2 months in oak barrels and then, unfiltered, bottled.

Tasting notes:
This young, powerful wine has a beautiful aroma of dark cherries and spices. Dark ruby wine is best drank young – that’s when the fruit is expressed the most. Rich, jammy and spicy on the palate, with just enough acidity to make this bargain perfectly balanced. Falesco Vitiano has a character, harmony and a long, pleasant finish. Attributes that are more common in wines twice the price.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $10.00

Ideal food pairing:
Anything Italian, Mamma’s Meatballs, sausage with peppers, hamburgers on the grill, medium aged cheeses