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. 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. 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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  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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