Toscana

Toscana

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. 

 

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  1. Il Poggiolo. Brunello Riserva 'Beato' 2005

    Smooth, rich tannic wine.  The vintage has a lovely unrushed feel about it, with deep plum and berry fruit, with some oriental spice, dried porcini and smoke.


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    £55.00
  2. 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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  3. Santa Vittoria. Poggio al Tempio 2013

    Elegant dark cherry and red berry fruit, cedar and tobacco with hints of truffle and leather, an unusually complex wine.  It just seems far better than it should be, if that makes any sense.


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  4. Sant'Agnese. Sangiovese 'Libatio' Magnum 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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    £51.00
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Il Poggiolo. Sant'Antimo 'Sasso al Vento 262' 2009

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


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  9. Le Miccine. Chianti Classico 2014

    The tannin is ripe and unobtrusive and the fruit ripe with plum and black cherry flavours.


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