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May 18, 2008 12:46 PM

Chianti or sangio-blend Italian wine suggestions - sub $11?

I tend to be a person who drinks, if you will, locally- California wines when I'm in California, French wines when I'm in France, Italian when in Italy... you get the idea. Of course I do buy "foreign" wines to where I'm located, just not as much.

A recent thread had some posters discounting Cal-Ital wines in general. So even though I am currently in northern Cal, I am curious to spend some time comparing California sangioveses with Italian.. As a fairly random starting point, would love to hear about your Italian favorites under $11 for everyday drinking that are fairly readily available.


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  1. Almost anything from Falesco seems to be a great value.

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    1. re: TonyO

      I'll put it on the list. My only immediate memory was that I have had some Vitiano vintages before and was underwhelmed... Any more specific recs? Thanks for the quick response.

      1. re: souvenir

        You're welcome. I'll check some notes and post.

    2. I agree completely about Falesco.
      Other good ones (don’t know current prices):
      ‘03 I Mori, Chianti Classico, $6.95
      ‘03 Banfi, Chianti Classico, 3 cases, $9.99
      ‘03 Fazi Battaglia, Sangiovese, Estate, from Le Marche, $9.99
      One of the best, I’ve found really good wines from Le Marche
      ‘03 Castello di Fabbrica, Chianti Classico Reserva, $8.95
      ‘04 Conti Contini, Sangiovese, $11.00
      These prices are from the various discount wine shops in Los Angeles.

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      1. Cetamura, the everyday Chianti from Badia a Coltibuono is about $8.

        agree about Falesco.

        Banfi has a blend called Col di Sasso of Sangiovese with Cabernet for around $6. good value.

        1. Thanks for ongoing suggestions. Please keep them coming. Ran out of time yesterday and was only able to check for what is currently at my local market (armed with the suggestions that had come in by that time). Not much to choose from sub $11. Think the strength of the euro is a factor.

          I'm pretty sure that the 2006 version of the Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti was there. Also Banfi Centine Toscana, it was either the 2004 or 2005.

          In the next couple of days, I'll make time for wine store visits. Thanks again everyone!

          1. I was looking at 2005 Antinori Santa Christina Sangiovese on a website wine list. I haven’t tried this in several years, but I know 2005 is a great year in Tuscany, so I looked for reviews on the internet. They were all positive, some were very high for this really inexpensive Sangiovese, Merlot blend. The restaurant was closed on Sunday, so I didn't try it.

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            1. re: BN1

              The Santa Cristina is similar to the Cetamura. both are good everyday wines, and when you get a few more $$ to spend their next level up is delicious, too!

              1. re: ChefJune

                Once I get some trying of the current ~$11 and under out of the way, then I will start a thread on the next level, say ~$12-18 or 19?