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Gaja

Ca' Marcanda Promis Toscana Merlot Syrah 2016

Produced since 2000, this Tuscan Gaja-initiative promis-es and delivers a tasty return on my investment of 30 bucks. Mostly merlot and syrah and a-tenth of sangiovese - the grapes are fermented and macerated separately and then put in semi-new barrels for a year and then another in bottle. The nose is extremely floral (almost like Gaja’s more northen wines) and it is only after several whifs that the minerals, mintyness, and red and blue berries come through. Nice and round mouthfeel with smooth tannins and great acidity and fruitiness leaves a satisfying grin on my face. Ready now but will likely evolve, so I’ll revisit in a few years. — a day ago

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Il Borro

Toscana Red Blend 2014

Today, the Ferragamo family, with the help of Enologist Niccolo’ D’Afflitto have been working to develop the practices that have been used at Il Borro since 1760 under the ownership of Medici-Tornaquinci. A blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Cab Franc, 10% Syrah & 5% Petit Verdot, deep Ruby with a berry earthy spice nose. On the palate good full dark berry flavors with a nutty oak character. Fine rustic tannins, lingering ending with earthy berry tones. — 3 days ago

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Brancaia

Il Blu Toscana 2010

Alex Lallos
9.2

Wow really nice. Opulent, modern but still very Tuscan with Italian genes. Aged beautifully like a ripe Bordeaux. I would like to see it go further but honestly it has a nice balance of fruit and age that I don't know can be improved upon. Might go the direction of dried / stewy fruits. Today it is pretty gorgeous actually. Very fresh and alive — 5 days ago

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Tenuta di Biserno

Il Pino Toscana Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Recently tried ‘15, liked it a lot, found a ‘14, & grabbed it. In 1964, while looking for more land to expand Tenuta dell’Ornellaia vineyard, Marchese Lodovico Antinori discovered & acquired property of Tenuta di Biserno near Bibbona. A blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot & Cab Franc, aged for 12 months in French oak, intense aromas of ripe currants & sweet spice. On the palate ripe black fruit flavors, elegant fine tannins with cacao & tobacco tones. Lingering ending with an earthy character. Nice. Consistent with ‘15. — 3 days ago

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Isole e Olena

Cepparello Toscana Sangiovese 2007

Tasted with a group of 2007 Tuscan peers, about a week ago. Like all the wines, it got three hours of decanting before serving. This one was perhaps the most immediately approachable of the group, and showed sweeter fruit than the other bottles in the tasting. Of all the wines in the tasting, it saw the lowest percentage of new French oak, at 35%, which probably helped the fruit shine through. However, it also gave the impression that it might not be one to hold for too many more years. — 2 days ago

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San Giusto a Rentennano

Percarlo Toscana Sangiovese

One of eight wines in a 2007 Tuscan tasting, held about a week ago. This was the only one in the group that showed the heat of the vintage in its slight alcoholic warmth. However, it also sported a nicely rounded, almost creamy palate presence and a touch of cedar in the finish. I’m curious where this one might go with another few years in the cellar. — 2 days ago

Shay, Steve and 4 others liked this

Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Nero di Nubi Pinot Nero 2010

Color of burgundy. Nose is interesting with dark fruits, oak, cured meat, and indeed some ripe fruits. Taste shoes polished tannins, tobacco leaves, spice, cherry jam, coffee note. While you feel she is quite light, she does have many flavors, even some sweet lichee note. Aftertaste is medium short with some bittersweet note and warmth. On her peak, enjoy now. — 7 days ago

Keith, Neil and 8 others liked this

Lunarossa

Quartara Giffoni Valle Piana Colli di Salerno Fiano 2015

Lyle Fass
9.4

This is a freak show. What a nose. Unreal. How t f did Lisa Perroti brown give this an 89 or 88? What was she smoking? Maybe if the label said Marcassin and the wine costs $400 a bottle her complete and utter swing and miss on this wine is ridiculous. Anyway.......this nose. This nose. The most incredible wet earth ever. Yellow fruits. So so so fragrant. 9.3 on nose alone. Sick fruit complexity. There is so much depth and layering. Wow. Palate is ripe, juicy and so complex with unreal purity and freshness. Great acids and texture and flavors of tropical fruits and even a hint of nuttiness. Superb balance and so so well made. Honey, saline, spice all populate your palate and it is presented densely. So clean. So so delicious. — 23 days ago

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Isole e Olena

Cepparello Estate Bottled Toscana Sangiovese 2011

Formed in the 1950's when DeMarchi family purchased two vineyards in the heart of Chianti Classico region, combining them into one. Aromas of full ripe berry fruits with notes of savory spice and oak on this 100% Sangiovese. On the palate flavors of cherry and blackberry with tobacco and nutty spice. Fine tannins still needs time but approachable, lingering ending with earthy oak. Nice! — 4 days ago

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James Forsyth

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Lovely context. The 2010 vintage is one of my all time fave wines. Sounds like the 2011 is easier going. Cheers!

Tua Rita

Perlato del Bosco Sangiovese 2013

Greg Ballington
9.2

Deep garnet red with a hint of ruby on the core. Lovely nose with a new world styled Italian Sangiovese coated with tangy spices, red berries, earthy and flowers. Medium tannins (6/10) and medium to medium plus bodied. Nice and dry on the palate with roses, dried cherries, leather, earthiness and some floral spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2028. (92+) — 6 days ago

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