This Castelli Romani Rosso 2006, an Italian red table wine, is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Montepulciano grapes. The color is a deep red and purple. The nose is green vines and cloves. On the palate is violets and wood. In some ways, it is a familiar-tasting Italian table wine — except that it is not as austere as most. The feel in the mouth is soft and velvety.
This is an adequate mid-week quaff and a good value. It is not a special-occasion wine, in my opinion; yet it is a perfectly adequate wine and better than most boxed wines that I have tasted. Tonight, I have chicken in the oven. I browned it in my cast-iron skillet, baked it for an hour, then added broth to simmer even longer. I will serve it with green beans and mashed potatoes. Comfort food for a middle-of-the-demanding-work-week evening! Cheers!