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2016 Monte Antico Toscana Red Blend

2016 Monte Antico Toscana Red Blend

We have back to back reviews of Tuscan bottles that Costco carries for under $10.  And both turned out to be really good finds.

A new friend, Christopher Lochhead of the excellent “Follow Your Different” podcast, requested a few Tuscan wine reviews from us, so here they are.

We just posted about the Banfi Centine Toscana, priced at $8.99 and we went 88 points on that bottle.  It was a nice everyday wine, pizza wine, good quality for the low price.  We tasted prior vintages and that bottle just delivers time and time again.

Monte Antico Toscana

And now we run into another Tuscan wine priced the same at $8.99 compared to a retail of $13-14, so we love that.

This one pulled in some solid scores from the critics. 88 points from Wine Enthusiast; 90 from James Suckling.  It’s a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.

Getting into tasting this wine, we can tell right away that it’s another winner and a great buy at this price.

Monte Antico Toscana

It pours a pale ruby in the glass, like a Pinot Noir; dark cherry, herbs and a little oak on the nose.  In the mouth this wine is so nice; medium bodied, soft tannins, and drinking at a really nice age right now.  Note the Banfi Centine is two years younger (2018).

There’s good acidity with flavors of mostly red fruit, some cherry and raspberry. Dry finish that’s a little rustic. There’s nothing complicated here.  This is just a good solid Tuscan red blend that you could pop on the table just about any time, with anyone.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 44971

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Dallas, GA)

Alc. 13%

Wade Souza

Saturday 30th of October 2021

Most of these not seen in Hawaii Costcos...even the KS items are in shirt supply. I don't know who the distributor here is but they are not reinforcing the COSTCO brand promise well.

Shawn

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Check your Costco--this wine is marked down to $4.97 at ours (Champaign, IL) and they had a whole pallet of it!

Editor

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Wow, that’s an amazing buy

Edgar

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Loving the reviews. Helps with making the correct choice. Could you include information concerning the air time before you sample the wine? Would you advise decanting the wine and for how long? I find decanting some of the wines makes a profound difference. And some instances, just letting the bottle sit for a half hour to one hour before drinking. I try both methods and go with what allows the wine to open up the best.

Editor

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Glad you’re diggin the reviews and I appreciate the comment. We try to include air time particularly when we see a noticeable change in the wine. But sometimes we forget to include so appreciate the suggestion and will try to in more reviews.