The Tenuta Caparzo sangiovese fills in the boxes on the cheap wine checklist
Let’s pull out the cheap wine checklist for the Tenuta Caparzo sangiovese:
• Made in southern France, Italy, or Spain? Check.
• Not made with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, or chardonnay? Check.
• An importer who specializes in quality and value? Check.
In other words, the Italian Tenuta Caparzo sangiovese ($12, purchased, 13.5%) is exactly what a weeknight wine should be — well-priced and professionally made, and it tastes like the grape that it’s made from and the region where the grape is grown.
Sigh. Why do we need a checklist to find wines like this?
This red from Tuscany in northern Italy is softer than a Chianti, though it’s made with the same grape. That’s a style choice (something to do with Italy’s zany appellation laws?), but it doesn’t make the wine too flabby. Look for red fruit, mostly ripe cherry, a burst of Tuscan acidity, and a little earth and spice.
Is this the best wine ever made? Or even the best cheap wine? No, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s enough to be fairly priced and enjoyable to drink on a cold Tuesday night when you’re home late and dinner is takeout pizza.
Imported by Vineyard Brands