monte anticoA budget wine with character? Grazie! Dark cherries wrapped in a leather blanket dragged through dusty earth. An quintessential Italian flavor profile.

Milk chocolate is surprisingly dominant on the palate, which shows a shapely, medium-weight body but with a steely backbone that prevents it from becoming soft. The tannins are firm and medium grain, and  with the acidity give the wine an expansive trajectory and robust finish. This is very much a Super Tuscan, its earthiness and firm tannins set off by very ripe fruit. Far better than your average spaghetti wine, one of the best value wines available.

A blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot, 1 yr. in mostly Slovenian oak.

This is a rockin’ bluesy wine, pairing nicely with Duke Robillard’s “Love Slipped In”

Score: 89

Price: $10

Alc: 13%