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. Alessandro Tofanari. Vernaccia di San Gimignano 'Astrea' 2011

    Rich powerful fresh fig and quince fruit, ripe, bitter lemon and wild honey


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  2. Alessandro Tofanari. Vernaccia di San Gimignano 'Ciprea' 2013

    Lemon, fig, quince and honey entice, a firm grip of tannin – a wine packed with character, exactly how Vernaccia should be.


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  3. £15.76
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Castell'in Villa. Poggio delle Rose Riserva 2009

    Deep gutsy cherry fruit with an earthy grip, floral elements, porcini and fine black tea.  An epic and intense Sangiovese.


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  7. £66.00
  8. Colognole. Chianti 'Sinopie' 2013

    Warm cherry, slightly earthy mineral fruit – a very classic Rùfina.


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  9. 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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  10. 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

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