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Pizza demands juicy, fresh wine and time and time again, I find myself reaching for anything Cristina Brunori makes. Cristina and her family grow Sangiovese and Montepulciano in the Marches, a spectacularly beautiful spot in Italy right on the Adriatic coast. Her old vines, mineral soil, and the temperate winds of the Adriatic all help produce vibrantly flavored grapes. This one is bursting with energy, fresh juicy red fruits with just the slightest touch of that Italian rusticity.
If you haven’t yet had any of the wines from Castello di Volpaia, you are missing out big time. This one, their most affordable 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, ranging in age from 5 to 35 years, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, averaging 20 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.
“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.
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.
98 Pts, James Suckling – 96 Pts, Wine Spectator
This is one of those bottles of wine that you wish you could just check in on every so often and see what’s going on with it. It’s a tremendous wine and easily one of the standouts of Montalcino in the super hot 2012 vintage. Even with a few years of age to it already, this one is still incredibly youthful but still shows wonderful precision that keeps this big boy completely dialed in. I love the weight and structure that this Sangiovese is showing right now. An absolute beauty to have in the cellar. This one is a must for serious Italian wine collectors.
In the dream 2016 vintage in Montalcino, experts would tell you to do the sensible. Of course you should grab a couple bottles of cellar worthy Brunello, but the ‘Baby Brunello’ Rosso di Montalcinos can easy easily provide some of the best values of the vintage in the small Tuscan commune. I find that’s the case with the Lo Scorno Rosso from San Filippo and superstar winemaker Paolo Caciorgna. This one is super energetic with intense aromas of fresh red fruits and baking spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied and terrifically balanced.
93- Suckling; 92-Wine Spectator; 92-Vinous
The 2013 Val di Suga Brunello is particularly exceptional– a result of near perfect growing conditions that allowed for a beautiful garnet colored wine with richness and complexity. It bursts of flavor reveal dark cherry, orange and violet notes with a savory vanilla tobacco and cinnamon finish. It was drinking great about six months ago when I tried it, but having re-tasted it last week, it’s found another gear.