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. 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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  2. Colognole. Chianti 'Sinopie' 2016

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


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  3. Colognole. Chardonnay 'Sinopie' 2016

    Colognole Chardonnay Sinopie
    Toscana IGT


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  4. Santa Vittoria. Grechetto 2015

    The almond and intensity of Grechetto, which is finished with the mineral freshness of Incrocio Manzoni. 


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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Santa Vittoria. 'Conforta' 2014

    Grape, orange and lychee, honeyed and deep. In some ways quite a simple wine, but everything is right this year, to add more would be to reduce the joy of the wine. 80% Semillon, 20% Gewurztraminer. 


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  9. Colognole. Chianti Rufina 2013

    Colognole Chianti Rufina
    Chianti Rufina DOCG


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  10. 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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  11. Santa Vittoria. 'Leopoldo' 2011

    Pepper, capsicum and nutmeg, herb, spice, truffle and porcini loom large in this deeply flavoured wine.


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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Colognole. Chianti Rufina 'Collezione' 2009

    Colognole Chianti Rufina Collezione
    Chianti Rufina DOCG


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  15. Sant'Agnese. Vermentino L’Etrange 2015

    A unique wine which balances freshness, pure lime fruit and weight with floral flavours tinged with digestive biscuit.


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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Il Poggiolo. Sant'Antimo 'Sasso al Vento 262' 2009

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


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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Colognole. Chianti Rufina 2012 Magnum

    A wine with real restraint and balance, damson and sloe flavours, fresh and invigorating, an absolutely classic Chianti Rufina, the vintage is somehow looser and the better for it.


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  24. 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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