Tuscany

    Caiarossa: Under The Tuscan Sun

    …Caiarossa Picture Credit: Caiarossa Estate Nestled on the Tuscan coast in the Val di Cecina, Caiarossa sits as a nexus of natural beauty encompassed by its vineyards. The estate produces four wines: two reds, a dry white and a late harvest white. I recently had the chance to taste the reds, and was impressed by their quality, and complexity…

    5 readers - By Cuvée Corner Wine Blog

    2009 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Brunellos make...

    …2009 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Brunellos make me HAPPY! Yummy combo of tart black fruit and ripe red fruit on the palate with earth, leather saddle, dried charcuterie, and fennel all on the nose! Very well-balanced on the palate with relatively gentle acidity. Red cherries, strawberries, and black cherries with hints of leather and mushrooms. 4/5 bones $$$$ Sangiovese 14% abv Tuscany, ITALY…

    By Shiba Sommelier

    1995 Casanova di Neri Tenuto Nuova Brunello di Montalcino...

    … 1995 Casanova di Neri Tenuto Nuova Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Feeling slightly bashful around a Casanova… Red currants and black cherries. Horse and leather on the nose with cardamom and cinnamon. Hint of purple flowers. Mushrooms and cinghiale. Tannins are very present and drying on the palate. Tart cherries with more wood, earth, and mushroom notes.  3/5 bones $$$$ Sangiovese 13.5% abv Tuscany, ITALY …

    11 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

    2009 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Greppo Annata Brunello di Montalcino...

    … 2009 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Greppo Annata Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Mmm.. this is some good stuff. Potpourri, dried red cherries, and barnyard on the nose with a hint of mint and parsley. Tart and fresh red berries initially on the palate, followed by some earth and flowers. Tart fruit finish. Very velvety feel.  4/5 bones $$$$$ Sangiovese 13.5% abv Tuscany, ITALY …

    19 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

    2010 Ombrone, Sant’Antimo, Cupano, Tuscany, Italy

    …2010 Ombrone, Sant’Antimo, Cupano, Tuscany, Italy (£49.00, reduced to £258 for six bottles (£43.00 each) for MoneyWeek readers only, Swig tel. 08000 272272). I enjoyed a lunch with one of my wine heroes, ex-cinematographer turned wine guru Lionel Cousin, the other day. You may remember that I wrote up his 2008 Ombrone two and a half years ago…

    6 readers - By Matthew Jukes

    Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

    … Your eyes do not deceive you, My Readers. Today’s Weekend Wine Notes offer 10 wines priced under $20, in actuality, from about $12 to $19. We flaunt our eclectic nature today, reaching from various regions of California to Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and Australia, and embracing many grape varieties and styles of wine. As usual…

    7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Thirsty Thursday: Barbera, Mazzoni, Piemonte, Italy 2009

    … a scandal of added methanol or “coloring” nebbiolo with it). Mazzoni is the pet project of the Franceschi (Tuscan vintners) and the Terlato (American importers) families. Neither comes from the Piedmonte, but they sourced grapes to their facility in Tuscany for today’s wine. The vintage is 2009. Appearance: It looks clear, garnet-colored, but awfully dark…

    2 readers - By WAYWARD WINE

    Some great wines at lunch, including Cristal, Faively Corton and Schlumberger GC Saering

    …, with great definition and good structure. Very stylish wine. 95/100 Castiglion Del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Tuscany, Italy Sweet, pure black cherry and plum fruit with some spice and mineral notes. A ripe, textured wine that’s rich yet balanced, with hints of leather and herbs. 92/100 Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009 Douro, Portugal Sweet, ripe, spicy and rich with warm, sleek blackberry and black cherry fruit. A rich, sweet wine with freshness and purity. 91/100 …

    3 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

    Italian Indigenous Varieties: Fortana Nera (Emilia) & Francavidda Bianca (Puglia)

    … region with beautiful beaches and great water, a perfect jaunt for the summer. In other news, here’s a recent article I wrote for the Organic Wine Journal on a winery from Arezzo called Paterna. Tuscany perhaps more than any region in Italy feels like home to me thanks to the years I lived there and the people I met then and all those I now know…

    8 readers - By avvinare

    Quick Sip: La Massa 2011 Toscana

    …, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the centerpiece of Tuscany, Sangiovese, as well as a splash of Alicante Bouschet. The La Massa 2011 Toscana represents good value for the money and is an ideal choice for everyday drinking or the dinner table. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below La Massa…

    1 readers - By My Vine Spot