2006 Monte Antico
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Tasting Notes: 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. 12.5% AVB. A light plum color in the glass. Nose is a little tight, but I get some red and dark fruit and there’s an herbal component. This wine is remarkably smooth. There’s good dark fruit, with well integrated tannins and nice acidity. This is not complex wine, but it has good structure and is very drinkable. Will match very well with casual tomato based foods (pizza, pasta, etc). This is good stuff for everyday drinking, and from what I can find on the price, this is a very good value. (This was a gift from a friend).
Rating: 3/5, 14/20, 87/100
Price: ~$11.99 (Snooth).
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.