Montefalco Rosso Scacciadiavoli (Chase The Devil) 2010-$21.99
by Dwight Casimere
Here's an enticing blend of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot from Umbria that makes for the perfect end-of-summer, say hello to fall, wine. It's a bright, full-flavored red that goes down really easy. Fresh dark red cherries and a nice hint of nutmeg and cinnamon spice with a nice finish of vanilla bean goes perfect with homemade tomato sauce with fresh basil from the garden and a few hefty slices of buffalo mozzarella. Some Italian sausages or a turkey burger flavored with oregano right of the grill is another treat if you decide to fire it up one last time before rolling it into the garage or shed for the season. The wine has a lot of complexity for something so reasonably priced. The fact that it was aged in big Slavonian oak barrels makes for a nice, mellow, rounded flavor, that brings out the best in this robust, satisfying wine.