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. Smooth with a great mouth feel and 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 (the family’s own BBS11 clone used in Biondi Santi Brunello) and softened with the addition of 20% Merlot. The vines are grown in hilly zone of Scansano. To highlight the natural fruit notes of the grapes, the wine sees no wood and is aged in stainless steel vats for 10 months prior to bottling.
The wine has a brilliant ruby red colour with violet tones. The nose is fresh, fruity and intense with noticeable sweet violet notes. The palate is gentle and velvety and elegant. It is drinking well now but will reward patient cellaring.
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.
The wines of Proprietor Fabio Chiarelloto are some of the most highly praised coming out of Tuscany. The 2020 A Quo is an absolutely gorgeous offering from Montepeloso.The 2020 vintage leans most heavily(about 65-70% of the blend) on Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, enhanced with smaller amounts of Montepulciano, Mareselan and Alicante Bouchet.
Alpha is a Rosso di Toscana produced from younger vines between 8 and 20 years of age. It is Fabio Chiarelotto’s newest creation, and once again goes in a direction unlike many other Rosso di Toscana wines from the Etruscan Coast.
A rich, ripe, complex and curious Tuscan blend from the highly acclaimed region of Suvereto on the Coast of Tuscany (Etruscan Coast). The 2019 assemblage consists of Sangiovese (65%), Malvasia Nera (15%), Montepulciano (15%) and Alicante. The wine is matured for 10 months in used, French oak barrels and then for a further 12 months in the bottle. Grown biodynamically, using natural yeast fermentation with no filtration.
Gabbro embodies the essence of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon vines, some of which are over 40 years old. It represents an ambition to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon that can hold its own with the best in the world. This wine is matured for 18 months in 80% new wood, with some 400-litre barrels as well as barriques. The wine is subsequently stored in the bottle, usually for about nine months. Annual production is 3000 bottles on average.
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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