Bargain Wine of the Week – 2010 Casone

2010 Casone

This week our Bargain Wine comes from Tuscany in Italy. It was the 2010 Casone, made by Castellini Wines. It was purchased from Trader Joe’s in Napa for $9.99. The wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Syrah. It was aged for twelve months in French oak barrels. California Girl and I share a love for Italian wines; Tuscan ones, in particular, I am always hoping to find a hidden gem.

The nose was restrained but offered a mix of fruit, spice, and minerality; cherry and flint. Taking a sip I was struck by an assertive acidity, backed up by plum and the taste of copper. The finish revealed a sweetness reminiscent of raspberry. The wine was enjoyable and drinkable, which, after a couple of recent bargain reds that I could not finish, is a refreshing change.

2010 Casone

The aforementioned acidity made this a wine that worked better with food than alone. I drank it with a Lasagne from the Napa Deli, which helped soften the acidity and enhance the fruit flavours.

A Super Tuscan style wine for less than ten bucks is not something to pass up lightly. I would buy this wine again, but keep it for pairing with Italian wine and not for sipping on its own.

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