From everyday Rosso Toscano to special occasion Brunello di Montalcino, we love red wines from Tuscany. Our love is due, in part, to our adoration of Sangiovese, the mainstay grape varietal of Tuscany. Sangiovese’s medium-bodied fruity character, high acidity, and moderate alcohol make it an easy to drink, food-friendly companion.
If you’re as big a fan of Tuscans as we are, the enjoyment of a pricier Brunello is a sure thing. Rosso Toscano wines such as Argiano Non Confunditur and Le Sughere in the $16 to $20 range are also pretty much a sure bet. Although the Tuscans and Super Tuscans in the $9 to $15 range generally provide a good bang for the buck, it’s a little more difficult to find a gem. Compared to other varietals and appellations, you’re getting a lot for your money with these Italian “house” wines. Still, some have proved more worthy than others.
Remole, Banfi Centine, and Santa Cristina deliver well but our current favorite of the $9 to $15 pack is Tosca. The pour is a refreshing bright ruby color. The nose is lightly scented with strawberry and dried cherry mixed with a bit of earthiness. Tosca is medium bodied on the palate and leaves a trace of black currant and peppery spice in the finish. It’s a great Friday night pizza wine and pairs well with comfort foods. Tosca is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot.