Monday, September 23, 2013

A $5 Italian red in 2013! But will I like it?

Villa Cerrina 2012
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
So I poked my head into Trader Joe's wine shop the other day and ... hello, what's this?  A 2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo for a penny under five bucks?

Even in the land of Two Buck Chuck, this is a pretty good deal, but of course, "pretty good deal" explains in three words why I periodically run by our TJ's despite my general preferential option for the local shop.

I do love cheap Italian table reds. They and I go back a long, long way, and it has generally been a happy if occasionally rocky relationship.  I've loved me some cheap Chianti - and some cheap Montepulciano, too - since I was barely legal. Okay, I wasn't legal, but close enough, and I'm pretty sure the statute of limitations has run.

Anyway, I just wanted to throw this out there.  Have any of you tasted Villa Cerrina 2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, from Trader Joe's or any other source?  Will it be worth $4.99? I'm hoping that I'll actually like it ... and will return after dinner to let you know.