Luccarelli Primitivo 2019

At a Glance
Overall Deep burgundy, cocoa, spice,  currants, fig jam, starts a bit “hot” really lush finish
Notes Some words and terms really get people going. For instance “moist” and “mouth feel” make my brain skip a beat. This wine has a really great mouth feel from start to finish. Very lush! (add “lush” to the above list)
Sweetness dry – 11 g/L
Food oil & garlic pasta, roasted vegetables, sautéed mushrooms
Price $8.45
LCBO# 253856
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Farnese Sangiovese

The house red lives. I’ve been recommending this wine for 5 years now and will continue to do so. This is the bottle that I always keep stock of because not only is it an amazing wine for $8.95 but it’s a crowd pleaser that’s very versatile.
This also comes in a large format bottle (1.5L)
Alcohol/Vol: 12.5%
At a Glance
Taste black cherry, tobacco, leather
Smell black cherry, tobacco, oak
Food lasagna
Sweetness dry – 11g/L
Price $8.95
LCBO# 512327
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Farnese Fantini Negroamaro 2013

Meduim+ body with a dry finish.  Fruit forward and food friendly.  If you like my pick for house red (Farnese Sangiovese) give this one a try too.

Alcohol/Vol 13%
At a Glance
Taste mulberry, plum, spice
Smell dark berry, black cherry, spice
Food pizza
Sweetness dry
Price $8.95
LCBO# 143735
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Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2013

Meduim body with an extra dry and slightly rough finish.  If you love extra dry wines pickup a bottle of this sangiovese.

Alcohol/Vol 12.5%
At a Glance
Taste black cherry, medium oak
Smell strawberry, raspberry
Food ribs
Sweetness extra dry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 591974
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Ciao Sangiovese

Medium-light body with a red fruit and red berry profile.  Very low oak, high acid, low tannin.

Alcohol/Vol 13% in a 1000 mL carton
At a Glance
Taste young cherry, raspberry, light oak
Smell strawberry, cherry
Food cheese
Sweetness dry
Price $12.05
LCBO# 29090
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Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti 2011

This bottle is marked DOCG and is a well rounded Italian Chianti.  It goes well with any Italian food (especially with red sauce).  Drinks best on the first day, do-able on the second.
Alcohol/Vol 12.5%
At a Glance
Taste dried fruit, oak, black cherry
Smell black cherry, tobacco, leather
Food lasagna
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 545319
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Monte Antico Toscana IGT 2010

Firm tannins with an extra dry finish.  Tannis from the barrels come through moderately strong.  This wine is unmistakenly a Tuscan style blend.  

85% Sangiovese with 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Alcohol/Vol 12.9% from Tuscany, Italy.

At a Glance
Taste ripe berries, leather, vanilla
Smell oak, black cherry, earth
Food pasta with red sauce
Sweetness extra dry
Price $15.95
LCBO# 69377
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Pietra Pura Mandus Primitivo di Manduria 2008

Not a red to be taken lightly. This wine is easily one of the most complex I’ve had for under twenty dollars. Most notable is this bottle’s firm lingering tannins and nice peppery-blackberry finish.
Alcohol/Vol 13.8% from Puglia, Italy
At a Glance
Taste blackberry, black tea, vanilla
Smell blackberry, anise, earthy
Food italian, game
Sweetness extra dry
Price $15.95
LCBO# 216457
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Ruffino Chianti DOCG 2012

I was pleasantly surprised by this entry level chianti from the large producer Ruffino.
Overall this is a good value chianti for the price and availability. 13.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste raspberry, vanilla, cherry
Smell strawberry, black cherry, sweet oak
Food italian, cheese
Sweetness extra dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 1743
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Farnese Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2012

A swing and a miss by the winery of my house wine. With no depth in the nose or on the palate, this wine is very mundane.
It’s one of the cheapest reds in the LCBO, so there is that. 12.5%
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste red berry,vanilla,plum
Smell pomegranate,vanilla,oak
Food italian, pizza
Sweetness off dry
Price $7.95
LCBO# 621912
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Poderi Angelini Primitivo Di Manduria 2008

Easily the best Primitivo we’ve reviewed on this site. Extra dry, firm tannins and plenty of depth makes this a great match for fans of Italian reds and Italian food.
Special thanks to Nurse Nancy for the bottle! It was enjoyed with family and Sunday lunch.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste ripe strawberry, oak, light vanilla
Smell mulberry, dark cherry, light oak
Food italian
Sweetness extra dry
Price $17.95
LCBO# 268136
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Fontana Di Papa Castelli Romani 2010

Well, this wine isn’t giving me much to work with, but that’s because it’s your very basic Italian D.O.C. table wine. One of the least expensive reds I’ve seen at the LCBO, not because all their wines are great, it’s because the prices are beyond terrible in Ontario and not much better country wide.
Made From: Cesanese, Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano (unsure of the percentages). 12.0% Alcohol/Vol
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste medium berry, dried fruit, vanilla
Smell cherry, light fruit
Food grilled meat, mild cheddar
Sweetness extra dry
Price $7.45
LCBO# 219634
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