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. Vermentino 'Kalendamaia' 2013

    Lovely freshness, rounded leesy fruit, concentrated herb, lavender, grapefruit and melon, and mouth cleaning minerality. Simply, a wine packed with vigour and fun.  


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  2. 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
  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. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. Colognole. Chianti 'Sinopie' 2013

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


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  9. Sant'Agnese. Spirto 2007 Magnum

    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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    £75.00
  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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