A Wine for Tonight: 2008 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie Sangiovese

By Kori ~ October 13th, 2011.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2008 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie Sangiovese from the Maremma Toscana IGT in Italy.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

The Rocca di Montemassi Estate is located in the coastal area of Maremma in Tuscany, Italy. Currently, they farm 262 acres of grapes in their estate vineyards. In addition to Sangiovese, which is traditionally grown in the area, they also grow Vermentino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Stefano Ferrante serves as winemaker.

“Intense and full, the flavor offers pleasant scents of violets, cherries and wild berries. With a good structure but pleasantly fresh and with a soft and persistent finish. A harmonious wine that accompanies preserved meats of the Tuscan tradition, savory introductory dishes, grilled red meats and moderately aged Pecorini cheeses.” –Rocca di Montemassi

2008 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie Sangiovese (Maremma Toscana IGT, Italy): 100% Sangiovese. Deep red in color. Nice nose with black plum, raspberry, and floral aromas. Black plum, raspberry, and smoked meat comes through on the palate. Medium-bodied with lively acidity, medium tannins, and a medium to long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12.99; Available elsewhere, $10 to $12

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Italian Wine, Red Wine, Sangiovese, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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