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94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The jewel in San Felice’s Sangiovese crown is Campogiovanni – twice a Wine Spectator Top 20 Wine of the Year in their Annual Top 100 – and widely considered one of the great Tuscan wine estates. The 2015 is more than poised to solidify that reputation. It’s dark and brooding with an amazing mineral cut – no doubt due to the precious argillaceous soil. This is a fun one to try now in its youth but will only keep getting better for the better part of the next two decades.
If you haven’t yet had any of the wines from Castello di Volpaia, now is the perfect time to change that. This one, their most affordable in the crowd, is their bid for Nicholas the ultimate Super Tuscan Bargain of the Year. A predominantly Sangiovese blend that also features Cabernet, the “Citto” is made in 100% stainless steal vats to properly showcase the intense and vibrant youthful fruit. The perfect compliment to pizza, this is one to drink now while it’s fresh, silky and oh so juicy.
This picturesque estate lies in the commune of San Casciano, just outside of Florence. The pristine vineyards contain Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, averaging 25 years in age. The 2018 Chianti is the result of a wonderful vintage with conditions that allowed for silky smooth Chiantis. This one is packed with explosive red fruit, with just enough backbone to make it the perfect companion for just about any food dish. It’s a great wintertime wine.
“Sometimes the impact of a winery is so positive that it enriches a whole area with its quality, consistency and continuity. This is true of Fattoria Zerbina.” – Gambero Rosso
Made by Cristina Geminani, who Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called, “one of the best in all of Italy”. With both brighter acids and darker fruit than Chianti Classico, the Ceregio is brilliant ruby color, with racy, black cherry fruit flavors, and probably the longest finish I’ve ever tasted at any where near this price point.
Our vertical pack starts with the 2014 which received dueling 93s from both Decanter and James Suckling. In 2014 – Fuligni decided to add their entire Riserva barrels ($200 bucks a bottle) from the estate’s absolute oldest vineyards into the blend this year and you can certainly taste it. The 2013 may be even better and will not require the same patience. In fact, it is just entering its peak window – ready for enjoyment now or another few years in bottle. 97 points from James Suckling is about right. Our final bottle in this vertical line up – from the 96 point WS 2012 vintage – had disappeared entirely from most store shelves ages ago. In addition to the vintage rating, its 96 point score from Decanter made this the highest scoring Brunello of the entire vintage.
Last year’s wine was our 96pt Super Tuscan of the Year. This year? Oh boy. It’s hard to believe but the 2019 Grattamacco is even better than last year’s. It’s always a powerhouse with a youthful charm you can enjoy now but with the structure to age for a very long time. But, the 2019 takes it up a notch as the vines struggled, pulling water from deep within the earth and adding yet another level of complexity. When this one gets scored, it’ll be game over.
97 Pts, Vinous – 95+ Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Isole e Olena’s flagship bottling in 2017 out of Tuscany was called, “one of the best Sangiovese based wines of the vintage” by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and “positively stellar from the very first taste” from Vinous‘ Italian wine expert, Antonio Galloni. After tasting it for the first time last week, let me tell you- that checks out! This wine is delicious. Newly released and already minted with a fresh 97 point score and massive amounts of praise. From one of the most elite wineries in Tuscany and all of Italy, I’m not an ounce surprised they churned out another spectacular flagship wine.
Situated right next door to the vineyard of the original Super Tuscan Tignanello Vineyard (costs a cool $125 per bottle these days), Poggio al Sole is the hidden gem of Tuscany. If you want to hit a home run with your next pizza night, I mean, really go all the way, you have to serve the latest release of Poggio al Sole’s fabulous Super-Tuscan, Trittico. The new 2018 vintage is in and it’s what you’d expect from the ridiculous 2018 vintage in Tuscany. A truly bold, expressive blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet. Now under $20/bottle for this Pizza Wine special!
95 Pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 95 Pts, Vinous
With dueling 95-point scores from both Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Vinous – the 2015 Spuntali is perfection in a glass. Be sure to give it air. At first, the aroma seems closed but it continues to unfold seemingly unveiling layer upon layer of increased complexity in endless succession every 15 minutes or so. The flavors and mouthfeel seem to be in constant contradiction. The wine seems classic, yet modern. Extremely dense yet with fresh minerality.