2008 Il Valore Sangiovese

Price: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Americal Beverage Group

What They Said:

2008 Il Valore SangiovesePer the bottle “This 100% Sangiovese wine from the Puglia region is smooth and fruity with a touch of red berries.”

What I Think:

I had this one a while back and promised to revisit it. I did so, beginning with the label. Sangiovese traditionally hails from Tuscany, the center of the Italian wine world. This one, however, comes from the heel of the boot in Puglia which is located on the southern Italian peninsula. Wonder what the difference in terroir might mean…

With spaghetti squash pasta on the table I decided to take the opportunity to find out. The nose is muted. The palate delivers racy acid that settles nicely with food showing dried cherry & herb notes. This likely isn’t one those new to wine would enjoy and I wouldn’t recommend drinking it on its own. While complimenting its merits I was reminded of a comment I saw from joshiemac on RJ’s Wine Blog. Prior to that I would have called this one a nice table wine, but think joshiemac’s nice cooking wine is much more appropriate. This isn’t something to impress your friends with but it is a perfect wine for sipping while simmering some spaghetti sauce…

If you’re interested in another take check out what The Gourmez had to say about this one.

Rating: Buy It

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5 thoughts on “2008 Il Valore Sangiovese

  1. Lot of great wines (and values) coming out of Puglia. Volcanic soil, very warm (sometimes scorching) days, and nights cooled by the sea breezes makes for some solid growing conditions. Can’t say that I’ve tried a sangiovese from Puglia so I have to give this a spin.

    I’ve been drinking a lot of the 2006 Monte Antico Toscano, which is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet. It usually sells for around $10, but I found it at Costco for $8 so I picked up a case. Have you tried it Jason? It’s up their with one of my favorite value wines of the year.

  2. This one’s good; Il Valore Chianti Reserva for $5.99 (east coast) is better and a lot more complex. Too bad the brand’s primitivo–a great value despite not being varietally correct by CA zin standards– has been MIA for months

  3. Good call, Jason. I used this in a meat sauce I had going last night. Nice little sipper to accompany the pieces of bread I dunked into the sauce. Can’t complain at this price point. I’ll be picking up a few more bottles for the next time I have a ragu or braise needing a sangiovese-type wine.

  4. @Gourmez My pleasure! Looks like our taste buds agreed on this one!

    @joshiemacI’m a big fan of Puglia as well, never had a Sangiovese from there before this one either, a nice little sipper indeed. And thanks for the tip on the Monte Antico, I’ll see if I can’t track down a bottle.

    @Don That Primitivo made it out here to the west coast once upon a time but not in years. Wish I could see that one again. As for the Chianti, haven’t had it in a few years. Based on your comment I added it to my list of wines to try again!

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