Casal Thaulero Sangiovese, 2011, Italy

If you recall, when the month of August started, we committed to doing more than our fair share of wines under $10, and as a result, we bring you today’s review.

Before we get into the wine, however, I want to preface all of the ‘wine under $10’ reviews with the fact that we live in Ontario Canada; an area where our liquor sales are controlled by the government, so unless you are ordering direct from the winery, you are subject to price controls and inventory controls governing our Ontario liquor stores (LCBO).  This is important to note as we may marvel at some of the wines available for less than $10, that if you were to be living in other parts of the world, may seem a natural expectation.  Now, on to the wine.

If someone asked me what they could buy to drink for $6.95, I would have suggested a latte at Starbucks, until we ran across this steal ‘Casal Thaulero, Sangiovese, 2011, Italy.  Naturally, based on the price, I wasn’t expecting much in return for my $6.95, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I mean, it won’t beat my love of Amantis Sangiovese, 2006, but when keeping things relative, it really was not that bad.  On colour, this Sangiovese is a deep ruby red and mature on appearance.  On the nose, we picked up cocoa, and plumb, giving us another hint into the fullness of the wine. On the palate, we were pleasantly surprised by the wines refined tannins, spice medley and full bodied nature. It is a surprisingly mature tasting wine, given its price and year.  As an aside, I served this wine, on its own, to a few friends, who were doubled over with surprise when I told them the price and of course explained the blog theme this month, so as to not have them think I was hiding the good stuff for me and me alone.

When serving the Casal Thaulero Sangiovese, you’ll definitely want to use a wide mouthed glass, to give it optimum breathing room.  You will also do well by chilling it for a short period of time, getting the bottle to an 11 to 12 degree celsius temperature.  I often find that some younger and relatively lighter reds can use a little chill to enhance its crispness.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $6.95

We gave this wine a score of 3.5/5