Recommendation: An Italian red that’s a good value for this price range.
Winery/Producer: Bottled by Cantine Bonacchi; Quarrata, Italy.
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Geographic Region, Appellation: Puglia, Italy.
Price: $ 7.99 (with a 20% discount)
Purchased From: Total Wine; Winston-Salem, North carolina
Paired With: Tuscan chicken or cabbage salad and chicken barbecue.
He said: Opened 20 minutes before drinking. Clear, dark ruby red color. Dark fruit aromas. Quite intense fruit flavors that had just a tad of sweetness in the initial taste. A fairly long fruity finish that ends mouth-puckering dry. It’s a little rough around the edges, had a tad of sharpness and was better sipping without food. With all that said I would describe it as just OK and very inexpensive. Do I recommend it? Yes, because of the low cost…it’s a good value for this price range.
She said: Some nights mean left-over dinners and this was one of them. We had a delicious Tuscan chicken cooked with angel hair pasta and lots of prosciutto from a local restaurant; and home made barbecue chicken. Ray chose a Sangiovese because it’s akin to Chianti which is a good pairing for either dinner.
I focused on the barbecue chicken and found the wine a bit overwhelmed by the barbecue sauce. When I sampled the Tuscan chicken and wine the flavor of the wine came through but a bit of harshness emerged. The wine was OK with the cabbage salad (dressed with oil and lemon). After dinner sipping was satisfactory; the flavor was mild, the body and tannins medium, and the finish dry and medium long. Medium seems to be the operative word in describing this wine and I would recommend it as a decent low price Italian dry red wine.
Bar code:7 47505 00315 9
Imported by: Saranty Imports; White Plains, New York.