Casone Toscana 2011

We get a lot of wines from Trader Joe’s and Costco. This wine, as the picture shows, is from Trader Joes.  I cannot resist a Tuscan wine, the Sangiovese grape is one of my favorite.  It is blended with 20% Syrah.  Since this was a 2011 we had to let this wine open up for about an hour as well as using our Aervanna electric wine aerator.  But what a pleasant surprise when it opened up.  As the sign said it had strawberry and pepper notes.  I did not get the balsamic or mint, just beautiful smooth berry on the front side and a relaxing finish that left you wanting another sip.  Wow, this wine was good.

It Paired really well with everything we had, meat, cheese, grapes, nuts, you name it and it was still great. I would not put this wine on the shelf. It is ready to drink Now!

I give this  wine 4 glasses.    


About myredwineguys

My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds. Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's. Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine! Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you enjoy a glass of exceptional red wine soon!
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