Poggio Al Casone

POGGIO AL CASON

VARIETAL:  Sangiovese (80%) and Syrah (20%)

VINTAGE: 2013

REGION: Tuscany

ALCOHOL PERCENTAGE: 13.0%

PRICE: $10.99

 

TASTING NOTES: 

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been sharing my TJ Tuesday finds for over a year. As much as I love exploring wine, it puts a smile on my face when I get a message from one of you all who have tried the wine and enjoys it as much as I do.

As I’ve chosen my wine for TJ Tuesday, I’ve noticed that Trader Joe’s seems to do exceptionally well with Italian wine. Blame it on my love for all things Italian, but I’ve had very few bottles that I’ve said “PASS.” This week is no different. There was a new Italian bottle that caught my eye, Casone, and given that it was from one of my favorite regions, Tuscany, I knew it was coming home with me.

If I am being completely honest, I rarely decant my TJ Tuesday purchases. Usually, I am in dire need of a glass of wine and I kind be somewhat impatient waiting for them to open up. However, Casone was the exception to the rule. After taking my first sip, I immediately knew that this glass needed to open up to its full potential before I started drinking it. Most “Super Tuscan” wines have to be decanted and of course, this one was no different.

After impatiently waiting, I swirled the beautiful ruby-garnet wine around my glass and couldn’t wait to take a sip. Y’all, this was a stunner. Even though I was only a few sips in, I knew that I had made a solid choice. Almost through my first glass, here were my initial observations:

  • Notes of Black Cherry and Strawberry and even a little Black Plum

  • Spiciness in the back of the mouth

  • Medium Body with mild complexity, although this pretty intense at first sip

Verdict: 

Trader Joe’s does it again. This Super Tuscan is one that you will want to add to your shopping list. Whether you looking for an interesting and complex red wine to pair with a meal or perhaps you’re looking for something to sip on while you catch up on your DVR, Casone is the bottle for you and well worth the 10.99 price point. This bottle is perfect for those first few days of fall and will keep you warm through the winter. Grab a bottle or case if you can.

UNTIL NEXT TIME!