2010 Roccalta Sangiovese

2010 Roccalta SangiovesePrice: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer “This is a bring-the-family-together bottle. Since the 1800s, the Castellani family has been producing high quality, Italian wines that have become well regarded around the world. With deep roots in antique viticulture and an open, exploratory spirit, the family continues to craft new, exciting wines. Our family has forged strong ties with the Castellanis, and that allows us to bring your families their tremendous wines for prices that feel like, well, family discounts. Take our $3.99 Roccalta Sangiovese. Crafted from Sangiovese grapes from Puglia, the juice is fermented in stainless steel. It’s a straightforward, easy-drinking wine full of spices and flavors of plum and dark cherry that will appeal broadly. To family!”

What I Think:

(13%) Starts soft and smooth with clean cherry flavors showing nice depth. Dried herbs and spice along with a nice acidity on the mid-palate lead to a slight metallic tinge on the finish which is the only perceptible fault here (but blows off some the longer the bottle is open). Too bad they couldn’t have found a big wood cask (or cement) for this puppy as we could have had a true gem. That said still an easy candidate to be the base for all of my sauces moving forward (while sneaking more than a few sips on the side). I had mine out when making chicken cacciatore and would be happy to do so again. Simple and pleasing and for $4 that is more than you can really expect…

Rating: Buy It (to drink while you cook…)

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6 thoughts on “2010 Roccalta Sangiovese

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  2. The wine smells great and has a deep rich color to it. The first sip dances about the mouth with fruity flavors and then halfway through, is overtaken by a calm acidity. The acidity is not the sharpest, but nevertheless present and lingers a little. I felt torn between liking and disliking this wine. In all, I found the bottle enjoyable, but not to the point were I’ll be buying it again. The key selling point here is the price, which still makes this bottle well worth it.

  3. Roccalta sangiovese is labeled as an IGT wine originating in Puglia (in the south of Italy) but bottled in Pontedera, an industrial town outside of Pisa (where Vespa scooters are built). Italian IGT wines are a clarification above “vino da tavola” and indicate that the wine, or at least the grapes, are from a specific geographical area. Since sangiovese grapes are grown just about anywhere in Italy, the IGT designation here may just be window dressing, as it isn’t clear whether the grapes or the wine in bulk was shipped to Pontedera for bottling. In any event, this is a simple wine, maybe as classy a plonk wine as you will find (crafted by an Apulian master winemaker!, though not necessarily in Apulia), that doesn’t taste too bad if you’re not paying attention.

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