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Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 9.26.29 AMWith Thanksgiving coming up and many thinking about which wines they would like to serve to their family in friends. A lot of people do not want to spend a lot of money and with the price around $10-$12.99 the 2013 Centine Toscana Rosso by Banfi wines might be one that you would consider.

It is often hard to find a wine that would please everyone’s palate, from the casual wine drinker to the serious wine drinker (like me). This Italian red blend is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. You wouldn’t find it on the bottle as the blends change every year and changing the label can be costly.

Here are the tasting notes from Banfi:

Color: Intense ruby red. Bouquet: Fragrant, with dark fruit and floral nuances. Tastes: Medium-bodied, with black cherry and plum flavors and hint of spice.

Pretty brief but also pretty straightforward. It is currently sold out at Wine.com but you may be able to find it in a retailer near you. So what did I think?

Color – Dark garnet red.

Nose – Light floral rose with cranberries and pomegranate.

Taste – Cherry/cranberry tart filling with chocolate and just a hint of earthiness.

Finish – Medium-bodied with medium to low acid and a light finish for a red but no sweetness.

Overall, this is a pretty easy drinking wine that would be good for the holidays. This is a little surprising with it leading with Sangiovese and usually cheaper mass produced wines get some residual sugar added in. In the same sense, it is not so complex that a casual wine drinker would under-appreciate it but not so dull that a wine snob couldn’t enjoy it either. It would pair well with any holiday fare. I would buy 4-6 bottles for Thanksgiving open them up and let it pour.

Rating: B+


Bonus: In full disclosure, this was a free sample provided by Banfi. All wines are given honest and open reviews regardless. They recommend checking out Nick Stellino’s Sausage Meatball Pairing and for a limited time you can get his e-book here.