Located in central Italy, Tuscany is the fifth biggest wine-producing region in the country, but probably the one that is the most well-known to people in North America. However, the region more diverse than many realize. Between Florence and Siena, of course, lies Chianti, and further south is the towns of Montalcino (Brunello) and Montepulciano (Vino Nobile). The Tuscan coast, which includes the vast Maremma district as well as the areas around Bolgheri, is where some very exciting wines are being made in a more international style. In Tuscany, it is not uncommon to see pappardelle (a long flat noodle) served with tomato or meat sauce, including wild boar. Bistecca Fiorentina is a thick T-bone steak that is often served with white cannellini beans and mixed grilled vegetables. Another famous dish of the region is Panzanella, a salad with chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
Dark black cherry color indicating the ripeness of the vintage. Nose is expressive and big with cherry and notes of licorice and dates. Mouthcoatingly smooth and with more ripe cherry, toast and mineral on the palate. The finish sticks to the teeth and is long. The balance of the fruit, alcohol, oak and acidity work perfectly together to form a finish that easily lasts 45 seconds. The tannins are ripe, but firm.
A great food-friendly Tuscan red made from Sangiovese and softened with the addition of 20% Merlot. Ten months in oak adds some spicy complexity. This wine opens with a unique blackberry like bouquet with scents of licorice blended in. On the palate, it’s is medium bodied, smooth and soft, with juicy black current flavors nicely integrated tobacco and cedar. The finish is quite dry with noticeable tannins that are nicely extended. Drink now and over the next 4 years.
This is a traditional Chianti Classico from one of the original founders of the Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico. Red ruby colour with purplish reflections in its youth. Intense scent, rich in fruity aromas as cherry and blackberry, well integrated with floral notes of red rose. Well balanced, slightly savoury, with oak hints.
Red ruby colour with purplish reflexes in its youth. Intense scent, rich in fruity aromas as cherry and blackberry, well mixed with flower notes of red rose. Well balanced, slightly savoury, with oak hints.
Produced only in the best vintages, the “Riserva” is one of the most representative wines of the winery, and it is the top expression of Sangiovese own characteristics. Red garnet colour, scent with red fruit aromas, followed by notes of tobacco, black pepper and sweet wood, which become more complex and delicate with the ageing
Colognole is based in the small Chianti Rufina region, which accounts for just 3% of total Chianti production. Rufina is known for possessing the highest elevation vineyards in Chianti which explains why it is slightly cooler than Classico. The wines are also known to be very age-worthy.
The name Riserva del Don was chosen to reflect that this wine is produced using the best quality Sangiovese grapes from the estate. In Southern Italy, from whence the family originated, tradition held that the “Don” (property owner) was to be gifted a small, but premium part of each vintage.
Under new ownership, the 2015 has been completely transformed, relative to earlier vintages. Famed enologist, Franco Bernabei has decided to cut yields in half, employ new barrique in the wine’s maturation, and determined that the Sangiovese should represent 90% of the blend, rather than 80% as in earlier versions of this wine.
The wines of Fabio Chiarelloto, owner and winemaker of Montepeloso, are some of the most highly praised wines from the Tuscan coastal zone of Maremma. The Etruscan coast is warmer than inland Chianti, which has led to greater varietal diversity.
Sinopie refers to the guide lines that artists drew on the walls in preparation to paint large fresco’s. Our own guide lines for making Sinopie Chianti are the crispness of its fruit, the vibrancy of acidity and its genius for pairing with foods. Such is the Sangiovese in the style of Classic Chianti.
In the shadow of the famous Towers of San Gimignano, Tuscan estate Le Rote makes a wonderfully charismatic Chianti Colli Senesi from 100% Sangiovese. It has rich, chewy dark fruit, ripe tannins, yet finishes very dry and clean. Remarkably, this wine was aged a full 1.5 years before release, a very rare and determined decision for a non-riserva Chianti — and the results show in the bottle. Smooth, black-cherry and sweet tobacco linger on a faint, pleasant finish that is touched off by just the right hint of oak. Lovely.
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