Tuscany, Italy, WINE

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In terms of iconic imagery, Tuscany defines Italian wine, but romanticism aside, the wines themselves have also come to define Italian wine and for good reason. Tuscany's various DOCs and DOCGs represent numerous micro-climates, each of which puts its own mark of identity on the region's almost ubiquitous and most important workhorse grape, Sangiovese. A plethora of other red varietals also thrive here, including the indigenous Canaiolo and Colorino, and more famoustly, the regal Bordeaux variets Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The latter two are responsible for the rise of what is arguably Tuscany's greatest modern claim to wine fame.

Along the warm, coastal regions, growers realized some decades back the potential for crafting utterly profound Bordeaux blends, but this practice ran afoul of Italy's Byzantine wine regulations. Undaunted, the mavericks pressed ahead and created their own unofficial designation and wine category. Thus were born Indicazione Geografica Tipica and the Super Tuscan reds. Morello di Scansano and Maremma produce admirably drinkable red blends, but the tiny DOC of Bolgheri, just south of Livorno, is the epicenter of the movement, and its reputation today is such that its finest wines command prices equaling those of the greatest estates of Bordeaux.

Farther inland in Tuscany, Sangiovese still reigns and a host of DOCs and DOCGs make prolific use of it. Chianti is easily the most famous wine region in Tuscany, and indeed in all of Italy. Unfortunately, this is much due to the mid-20th century practice of producing underripe or oxidative swill in kitschy wicker-wrapped bottles. Today, however, Chianti's producers have returned to their illustrious heritage of centuries past, and eight sub-zones now delineate geographic differences within the wider region, Chianti Classico and Chianti Rufino the finest among them.

The most prestigious, officially-designated DOCG wine region in Tuscany is Brunello di Montalcino, where the wines are made exclusively from Sangiovese grown on the hillsides surrounding the lofty village of Montalcino. Today, there is a push and pull between modernists and traditionalists, but regardless, the wines always display characteristic structure, deeply complex flavors, and world-class longevity. The Rosso di Montalcino DOC is the region's second tier of quality designation with more relaxed production rules. Just over a low set of hills, another of Tuscany's iconic hill towns bears its own mark of quality. Much like Brunello di Montalcino, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG adheres to strict geographic, vinification, and aging rules for its Sangiovese-based wines (here known as Prugnolo Gentile). The wines show a characteristic richness similar to those of Montalcino, but the aromatics are decidedly more high-toned and elegant. Its second tier quality designation is the Rosso di Montepulciano DOC.

While Tuscany is unquestionably defined by its red wines, a handful of noteworthy white wine DOCs exist, most famously the San Gimignano region, which produces Tuscany's only white DOCG wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. There are also a few obscure, but world-class, categories of sweet wines in the form the white Vin Santo and red Passito styles.

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This dessert wine from Tuscany is made up of Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca and Colombana. The wine is golden yellow-amber in color. The nose displays aromas of apricot and almonds. On the palate, it is dense, sweet and with good persistence and harmony between sweetness and acidity. ...
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Badia di Morrona Vin Santo del Chianti 2011  (#331577)

Dessert Wine from Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

[ This dessert wine from Tuscany is made up of Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca and Colombana. The wine is golden yellow-amber in color. The nose displays aromas of apricot and almonds. On the palate, it is dense, sweet and with good persistence and harmony between sweetness and acidity. ] This dessert wine from Tuscany is made up of Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca and Colombana. The wine is golden yellow-amber in color. The nose displays aromas of apricot and almonds. On the palate, it is dense, sweet and with good persistence and harmony…

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99 points James Suckling: Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting for. It's the vintage that shows depth and power… ...
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Petrolo Galatrona 2015  (#332339)

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy

[ 99 points James Suckling: Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting for. It's the vintage that shows depth and power yet wonderful finesse and focus. Best ever. Drink from 2023 but already electrifying. (12/4/17) ] 99 points James Suckling: Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting…

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96 points James Suckling: Fantastically complex aromas of spices, dried flowers and plums follow through to a full body, integrated and polished tannins and a superb finish. This is a 2012 Brunello with it all. Drink in 2018. (11/30/16) ...
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Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2012  (#329207)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 96 points James Suckling: Fantastically complex aromas of spices, dried flowers and plums follow through to a full body, integrated and polished tannins and a superb finish. This is a 2012 Brunello with it all. Drink in 2018. (11/30/16) ] 96 points James Suckling: Fantastically complex aromas of spices, dried flowers and plums follow through to a full body, integrated and polished tannins and a superb finish. This is a 2012 Brunello with it all. Drink in 2018. (11/30/16)

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98 points James Suckling: This is intense and complex yet subtle with fantastic aromas of rose petal, plum, clove and fresh mushroom. Hints of stems. Full body, focused and polished with a linear line of tannins and fabulous length. A beauty. Better after 2021 but already a joy to taste. (11/27/17) ...
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Sassetti (Pertimali) Brunello di Montalcino 2013  (#331449)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 98 points James Suckling: This is intense and complex yet subtle with fantastic aromas of rose petal, plum, clove and fresh mushroom. Hints of stems. Full body, focused and polished with a linear line of tannins and fabulous length. A beauty. Better after 2021 but already a joy to taste. (11/27/17) ] 98 points James Suckling: This is intense and complex yet subtle with fantastic aromas of rose petal, plum, clove and fresh mushroom. Hints of stems. Full body, focused and polished with a linear line of tannins and fabulous length. A beauty. Better…

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Carlina Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Togata 1999  (#332981)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

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91 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): Based in an authentic sense of territory, the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot - although Renzo Cotarella tells me that the goal is to soon make this wine 100% Sangiovese. The bouquet is generous and nicely… ...
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Antinori Chianti Classico Villa Antinori Riserva 2013  (#332772)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 91 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): Based in an authentic sense of territory, the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot - although Renzo Cotarella tells me that the goal is to soon make this wine 100% Sangiovese. The bouquet is generous and nicely concentrated with dark fruit nuances and succulent spice at the back. Delicate floral nuances of wild rose and violets are given ample room for expression. The mouthfeel is velvety and fine in texture. (Dec 2016) ] 91 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): Based in an authentic sense of territory, the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot - although Renzo Cotarella tells me that the goal is to soon make this wine 100%…

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94 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti that is aged in small oak barrels called caratelli for seven long years. This is a beautiful expression that is not too sweet or heavy. Indeed, it offers a noticeable level of elegance and sophistication that… ...
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Felsina Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Berardenga 2006  (#330923)

Dessert Wine from Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

[ 94 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti that is aged in small oak barrels called caratelli for seven long years. This is a beautiful expression that is not too sweet or heavy. Indeed, it offers a noticeable level of elegance and sophistication that you don't always find in this category of dessert wine from central Italy. The bouquet shows candied fruit, honey, brown sugar and grilled herb... Drink: 2015-2040. (Oct 2015) ] 94 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): ...a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti that is aged in small oak barrels called caratelli for seven long years. This is a beautiful expression that is not too sweet or heavy. Indeed, it offers a…

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89 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2013 Chianti Classico is a soft, supple wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the fruit retains its attractive juiciness. Tobacco, licorice, herb and dried cherry notes add nuance, but overall, this is a relatively simple Chianti Classico. Drink… ...
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San Felice Chianti Classico 2013  (#329415)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 89 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2013 Chianti Classico is a soft, supple wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the fruit retains its attractive juiciness. Tobacco, licorice, herb and dried cherry notes add nuance, but overall, this is a relatively simple Chianti Classico. Drink: 2016-2021. (Oct 2016) ] 89 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2013 Chianti Classico is a soft, supple wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the fruit retains its attractive juiciness. Tobacco, licorice, herb and dried cherry notes add nuance, but overall,…

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95 points James Suckling: This really explodes with ripe fruit such as dried strawberries and cranberries as well as leather and tobacco. Full body with lots of round tannins but fresh acidity and a long, remarkably savory finish. Drink now or hold. (3/2/18) ...
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Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2010  (#332973)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 95 points James Suckling: This really explodes with ripe fruit such as dried strawberries and cranberries as well as leather and tobacco. Full body with lots of round tannins but fresh acidity and a long, remarkably savory finish. Drink now or hold. (3/2/18) ] 95 points James Suckling: This really explodes with ripe fruit such as dried strawberries and cranberries as well as leather and tobacco. Full body with lots of round tannins but fresh acidity and a long, remarkably savory finish. Drink now or hold. …

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94 points James Suckling: Very focused and firm with chewy tannins and bright black cherry character. Medium body, dense center palate and a fresh finish. Solid. Fantastic wine. Drink or hold. (10/20/17) ...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga 2015  (#702094)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 94 points James Suckling: Very focused and firm with chewy tannins and bright black cherry character. Medium body, dense center palate and a fresh finish. Solid. Fantastic wine. Drink or hold. (10/20/17) ] 94 points James Suckling: Very focused and firm with chewy tannins and bright black cherry character. Medium body, dense center palate and a fresh finish. Solid. Fantastic wine. Drink or hold. (10/20/17)

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96 points and 'Top 100 Italian Wines of 2017 (#55),' James Suckling: I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very structured for the vintage. Better in 2020. (11/30/16) ...
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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2012  (#329170)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 96 points and 'Top 100 Italian Wines of 2017 (#55),' James Suckling: I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very structured for the vintage. Better in 2020. (11/30/16) ] 96 points and 'Top 100 Italian Wines of 2017 (#55),' James Suckling: I like the ripe-fruit and smoked-meat aromas to this. Subtle and complex. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and chewy finish. Needs time to soften. Very…

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98 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): I'm hardly surprised to report that Fontodi's 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the best wines recorded in this report of new releases from Tuscany. This wine sits as tall and as proud as the Colosseum in Rome or the Pyramids of Giza in its undeniable… ...
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Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2015  (#333480)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

[ 98 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): I'm hardly surprised to report that Fontodi's 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the best wines recorded in this report of new releases from Tuscany. This wine sits as tall and as proud as the Colosseum in Rome or the Pyramids of Giza in its undeniable glory and beauty. It would be impossible to exaggerate its many lasting attributes and qualities. Perhaps the most remarkable is the smooth and seamless nature of its many complicated moving parts. It produces abundant power, intensity and elegance as if this were the easiest accomplishment in the world. But we all know that's far from the truth. Despite the heat of the vintage, this wine is constructed with firm building blocks as if it were from a cooler year. That's the Panzano magic in a nutshell. This vintage is very young and tight, and you need to exercise patience to allow it enough time to evolve. Drink: 2020-2050. (Oct 2018) ] 98 points Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): I'm hardly surprised to report that Fontodi's 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the best wines recorded in this report of new releases from Tuscany. This wine sits as tall and as proud as the Colosseum…

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