Last time I was waiting to check out at my local Trader Joe’s, they had this Vola strategically positioned right at the end of the line immediately before the cash registers. Given that I had sampled two other inexpensive Sangiovese wines in recent days, how could I pass this one up? According to the label it was bottled in Italy and imported by D’Aquino.
Notes: The color of this budget Italian was a light ruby. The bouquet brought scents of cherry, earth and mushroom. Acidity was bright on this light-bodied Sangiovese, and tannins were medium. Alcohol was at 12%. On the palate I found wood, cherry, boysenberry and pepper. Except for the definite sweetness, flavors were very weak in the midpalate. At the finish the wood returns along with a medicinal note. While this does present many of the attributes touted as typical for a Sangiovese, I think it’s not a good example of this varietal. I didn’t hate the wine; price notwithstanding, I just didn’t like it all that well due largely to what I felt was a weak flavor profile. At $2.99, though, maybe you’ll want to trust your own taste buds over mine and give it a try.