Last weekend, we opened the third of our six bottles of organic or sustainably farmed wines that I bought a couple of weeks ago. The first was the Bonterra Zinfandel. The second, well, I’m not going to write about the second bottle.

This third bottle is Montebelli Fabula 2006, a 100% certified organic Sangiovese. Sangiovese is the grape that is traditionally used in Chianti. Montebelli is a country hotel and farm located in the Tuscany region. Their website says little about their wines. The only place online that I could find selling the wine was Wine Pro, and it’s the 2004 vintage. I bought my bottle at my local Total Wine.

We took this bottle to a concert venue where they served light fare and we could bring our own wine. I enjoyed this bottle. Like most Sangiovese, it’s meant to be enjoyed with food, which will completely alter the experience of the wine.

Our appetizer, a plate of hummus, pita wedges, sharp provolone, roasted red pepper, and olives was a great complement for the Montebelli Fabula. It was especially nice when paired with the provolone and red pepper. They went perfectly together.

Not such a great match was my roast beef and horseradish sandwich that I had for dinner. It was definitely the horseradish that didn’t agree with the wine.

At $12.99 this was a good bottle. It’s not the best bottle of Sangiovese I’ve ever had, but then again, I’ve never had a $12.99 bottle of any wine that was the best of its kind. This bottle would work well with most red-sauced pasta dishes and even beef (minus any horseradish). 

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.