2010 Gianni Vallentini

In southwest Tuscany there is a teensy-weensy wine-producing region called Maremma, where lies the ancient castle of Monteregio, overlooking the Maremann plain. It is in this enviably lovely stretch of the Italian coast that Gianni Valentini makes wine, with great respect for the region's traditions, even naming this wine after the castle. A traditional style Sangiovese blend, it has with soft tannins, bramble and hedgerow berry flavours and just a hint of vanilla toastiness. This is everything that you would expect from a good Tuscan red but without the frequently hefty price tag.
$9.99 bottle