Dogajolo Toscano, 2012

I’ve been drinking this wine on and off for quite a few years now, I’ve always been mesmerised by the beautiful label and the odd name, which I think is pronounced ‘Dogayalo’ – although I almost prefer the obvious ‘Dogajolo’! The name was created by Carpineto’s founders and is derived from the Italian word ‘doga’, which means stave – relating to the narrow strips of wood that casks are constructed from.

Produced from 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon it is often referred to as a “baby Super-Tuscan”, which maybe clever marketing/reviewing but is stretching the Super-Tuscan reference a bit far.

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Although I may not consider it a Super-Tuscan in the classic sense, it is a beautiful wine, and for an Italian wine, which can rarely be said to offer great value for money, (even if they can offer great, great wines) is a real bargain. I’ve recently been singing the praises of Antinori’s Villa Antinori as an excellent wine to have on hand for casual drinking, however I think this might be even better value for immediate drinking at just £8.99; it has real quality, a full soft silky mouth-feel, balanced oak and smooth mocha flavours.

Dogajolo

Currently on offer at Majestic for £8.99 if two bottles purchased. £10.99 normal price.

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