WHAT: Casal Thaulero Sangiovese 2007 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Abruzzo, Italy
WHY: If it has "Abruzzo" somewhere on the label, you'll do all right, but this is the cream of the crop. Nice Sangiovese-style earthiness and salami notes in the bouquet, followed by tasty cherry depth and vibrating acidity. Warm up a jar of quality sauce, boil pasta and kiss chips and coke goodbye.
PRICE: 750 ml/$7.10
AVAILABILITY: At most liquor stores (product #588996)