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100 Points, Decanter
“Finely textured, with a nuanced perfume that fills the glass and takes you to the intense underbrush of Tuscany. Succulent and yet savory, this has a lilting freshness that is overlaid with ripe berry fruits, sage and white pepper spice, and clear minerality in terms of its scraping texture that makes your mouth water on the finish. Feels light and sculpted and yet has an intensity that skewers you to the spot. This is a great wine, with scope and imagination that doesn’t want to let you go. Genuinely stands out among the wines of this tasting, and these are a fine array of wines. As with Colore, Bibi Graetz selects only old vines, the youngest 50 years old from five different vineyard sites across Tuscany, all farmed organically.”
92 Points, James Suckling
A massive and vibrant Super Tuscan wine with beautiful structure and depth. This is a very big boy, but it can still dance. From owner, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini (Caparzo/Altesino) and superstar winemaker Massimo Bracalente comes a full-bodied Sangiovese dominant blend that gets spiciness and richness from the Syrah component. The result is a rich, layered treat that hits you in waves and leaves a delicious aftertaste that makes this one hard to put down. For California Cab fans, and Big Italian Red lovers alike, this is one that everyone will agree on– it’s class is on full-display especially given the modest price tag.
96 Points, Wine Spectator – 94 Points, James Suckling
“Ripe, sweet cherry and raspberry fruit are accented by floral, mineral and wild herbs in this alluring red. A backbone of dense, dusty tannins provides support, and the ripe fruit returns on the savory finish. Excellent length. Best from 2023 through 2043.” –Wine Spectator
93 Points, James Suckling – 92 Points, Vinous
The 2018 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico is an absolute stunner and is my early runner for Italian Wine of the Year. Drawn from high-elevation, organic vineyards – this one features complex aromas that one would expect from a wine three times the cost. A pair of rave reviews as is accustomed from this great winery that never ceases to make outstanding wine.
95 Points, James Suckling
Drawn from some the finest parcels on the storied hill of Montosoli, James Suckling says of the tiny Cerbaia estate’s newest release: “Extremely aromatic with plums, black cherries, flowers and some orange peel. Hints of cedar and sandalwood. Full-bodied with firm, silky tannins that are polished and very pretty. This is really well crafted and poised.”
“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 newly released 2019 vintage is in so far this wine is showing beautifully. It definitely bodes well for what is to come as it’s already pretty expressive and energetic. This is a great Sangiovese and Cabernet blend for the summer, with anything off the grill or with pizza. Don’t miss it.