Tuscany's famous grape means the "blood of Jove" and is best known as the only component of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino and the main component of the blend Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Morellino di Scansano. It is known for fresh fruity flavors of strawberry and a little spiciness, but it readily takes on oaky, even tarry, flavors when aged in barrels. While not as aromatic as other red wine varieties such as Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, Sangiovese often has a flavor profile of sour red cherries with earthy aromas and tea leaf notes. Wines made from Sangiovese usually have medium-plus tannins and high acidity, making them ideal for pairing with foods.
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 see 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.
Colognole is based in the small Chianti Rufina region, which accounts for just 3% of total Chianti production (and 40% of this is produced by the Frescobaldi family). 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.
Red berry fruit along with floral rose character, pungent balsam and well delineated black pepper. Maturation in oak has mellowed the exuberance of the tannins, but they are still impressive and serve to extend the progression on the palate. Further bottle aging will serve to bring out the fine qualities of the vintage.
Alpha is a Rosso di Toscana produced from younger vines between 8 and 20 years of age. It isn’t a Supertuscan, but perhaps should be viewed as a baby- or mini-Supertuscan. It is Fabio Chiarelotto’s newest creation, and once again goes in a direction very much un-like many other Rosso di Toscana wines from the Etruscan Coast.
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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