Toscana

Toscana

Native Vines:

Red

• Sangiovese
• Colorino
• Ciliegiolo
• Mammolo
• Pugnitello
• Fogia Tonda
 

White

• Vernaccia di San Gimignano
• Vermentino
• Trebbiano Toscano
• Ansonica (Inzolia)
 
Important Wines
• Chianti Classico
• Chianti Ruffina
• Brunello di Montalcino
• Bolgheri
• Carmignano
• Vernaccia di San Gimignano
• Vin Santo

The rolling hills of Tuscany are dominated by Sangiovese, the diversity of expression from within this one vine is what makes the region so special; at the top of the pile is Brunello (Montalcino), only just below are the wines of Montepulciano (Vino Nobile) and Chianti Classico, whose new ‘Selezione’ classification is especially interesting.

The coastal areas are dominated by cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot.  Bolgheri is recognized as world class thanks to excellent work at Tenuta San Guido and Ornellaia. 

It is a fascinating time and world class wines are emerging from totally unheard of regions, Val di Cornia, Montescudaio are worth keeping an eye on.  There is an overall rise in the quality of so many wines in Tuscany, the ones that are catching my imagination are high altitude Sangiovese wines, Vernaccia (without the addition of Sauvignon) and Pugnitello. 

 

our Tuscan selection by Winemaker / Estate...

 

Caveat
Bat and Bottle is Emma and me, there are no teams of copywriters or agencies helping us out and we are constantly limited by time.  For excellent sources of information go to my blog where I have embedded useful links.  These scribblings are personal and flawed. 

 

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  1. Sant'Agnese. Merlot 'Rubido' 2011

     Warming damson, truffle and mocha.  Absolute classic merlot powerhouse, bitter chocolate, ripe jammy fruit, unlike any merlot I have bought, there haven't been many, this one is unrestrained and joyous - the Hagrid of wines


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  2. Castell'in Villa. Chianti Classico 2012

    A powerful vintage that leans more to deep, dried fruit, smoke and spice than the floral elements found in cooler vintages.  In many ways this has a Brunello like structure and warmth.


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  3. Le Miccine. Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

    What the 2011 may lack in absolute freshness it gains in complexity. An element of dried figs runs through the raspberry and black cherry fruit, secondary flavours of porcini and truffle just showing through. Well worth putting to one side for a year or ten.


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  4. Sant'Agnese. Sangiovese 'Libatio' 2007

    If Warhol worked with sangiovese this would be the result. It is bold and precise, it just works. Black cherry and floral on the nose. Some lemon and spice, a serious attack of black cherry fruit, highlights and shades from basil, dark chocolate and dried herb.


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  5. Il Poggiolo. Sant'Antimo 'Sasso al Vento 262' 2009

    A big soft wine, loganberry fruit, caramelised peppers with strawberry.


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  6. Colognole. Chianti Rufina Riserva 'Don' 2009

    Rich elegant tannins, full, bright, cherry laden fruit with secondary mushroom and sotto di bosco coming through.


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  7. Primovolo 2007

    Every constituent wine enjoyed an excellent vintage, Giordano’s Merlot is deep and velvety, Sergio’s Sangiovese is masculine and full and Andrea’s Barbera is generous in energetic bramble-charged fruit.


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  8. Castell'in Villa. Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

    Pure and firm fruit, plum, cherry and damson back with some spice and porcini.  A fine complex and focused wine, this vintage has presence and muscular Brunello-like characteristics. 


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  9. Sant'Agnese. Spirto 2007

    Wonderful intense fruit. The tannins have real grip, firm not obtrusive; depths of cassis and balsamic-laced strawberry are joined by eucalyptus and mocha.


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  10. Sant'Agnese. Cabernet Sauvignon 'I Fiori Blu' 2008

    Cassis and flattering vanilla with silky espresso and aged balsamic running through what is a remarkably fresh and elegant wine.  Vibrant blackcurrant and mineral, immediate and remarkable.


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