Tuscany, Italy

Tua Rita

Rosso dei Notri SuperTuscan Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2017 Rosso dei Notri is a stunning value from Tua Rita. Dark cherry and plum fruit, chocolate, new leather and spice flesh out in a succulent, flamboyant Maremma red with soft curves and tons of sheer appeal. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018) $20.00 — 8 days ago

Alex, Nadea and 29 others liked this

Campo alla Sughera

Arnione Bolgheri Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011

Picture my speech bubble saying “is it okay to include this in an overview of cab around the world?” I mean barely this is only 40% Cabernet Sauvignon but regardless its verrrry tasty and balanced. And acidic and fruity yet earthy and it’s a Super Tuscan mostly the two cabs: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20 cab franc. Then 20 merlot and 20 petit Verdot. It’s the college student who joined every club but never got to be president of any of them. Well rounded and appealing. Distinctive not of any one thing exactly but so appealing and damn reliable. It gives you ripe cherries and red and black cassis, a whiff of the vanilla and spice of oak with a crunchy bite of oak. It’s balanced. It’s pleasurable. The more I drink cabs the more I think it is a ringleader than wants it’s cohorts to back it up. Good on its own? Sure thing it is substantial. But. Better than many of its blending partners and damn when it shares the spotlight...it is a star with back up dancers and a plan — 10 days ago

Jody, Trixie and 2 others liked this

Piccini

Governo All'uso Poggio Alto Toscano Red Blend 2016

Sangiovese based with small amounts of Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet. Made with
traditional method called “Governo al Uso Toscano,” which induces a second fermentation adding a small amount of dried grapes. Ruby with aromas of ripe fruits with wafts of floral notes. Palate flavors of cherry and raspberry with a bit of sweet spice. Rich soft tannins, nice balance, medium finish ending with mineral character. Tasting Sample.
— 2 days ago

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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

Le Volte Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2015

Saturday and all the landscaping is done. Time to sit down, open some wine and kick my feet up. I have opened the 2015 Le Volte Dell' Ornellaia 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Sangiovese.

The nose is showing red fruits, cherry, strawberry, plum, red currants, rose petals, anise, green peppercorn, spice, brick and earth.

The palate is also showing the red fruit, tart cherry, tart strawberry, red currant, plum, spice, bell pepper, anise, anise and earthy notes.

This wine is medium to full bodied with medium + acidity and smooth round medium + tannins that lead to a long clean finish. A beautiful young wine that can age or drink now and a great QPR. Have a great holiday weekend, play hard and stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 17 days ago

Anthony De, Mike and 15 others liked this
Peter van den Besselaar

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Good choice! Nice description.

Fattoria di Montecchio

La Papessa Merlot 2011

Shay A
9.0

This threw me for a loop. This is merlot based (not sure of the actual makeup) but there is definitely some other varietals making up a good part of this. A buddy brought this back to me after visiting wineries in the area.

As a 2011, I was surprised at how dark this was. Dark purple and ruby red in the glass. Had a stinky blue cheese/peppered note on the nose which was odd. Smelled just a tad hot. Blackberry and rubber too. At first, this was so incredibly tannic it was vying to take the enamel off your teeth. Very gripping up front with a Hollow middle and a tannic finish. After 1-2hrs (and with food), this showed a more rounded mid-palate of herbal black tea, tar, underripe blackberry and cherry. Tastes as though it’s a merlot blended with a young Nebbiolo.
— 21 days ago

Mark Flesher
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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Would definitely say that this was a head scratcher. Not much available when researching this wine, but did find out that it was anywhere between a Sangiovese based combo and a Merlot based combo. Definitely believe the Merlot based faction. This wine is DARK and in CHARGE. Hugely tannic finish. Nice herbal black cherry backbone, youthful nose. Tomorrow, this wine will kick some butt.
9.1

Agricola Querciabella

Camartina Toscana Super Tuscan Blend 2010

A seductive spicy red sweet fruit with all spice and cinnamon on a mix of red fruit — 10 days ago

Keith, Phil and 14 others liked this

Marchesi Antinori

Villa Antinori Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2014

Ken Z
9.1

Drank 9/3/18. Great pairing with Rigatoni Bolognese, although this seems like it would pair with a wide mix of foods

Nose of red and black cherries, mixed with some plum and cocoa notes. Palate of juicy red cherry, raspberry. Some leather and cocoa powder. Excellent balance with medium, well integrated tannins. Juicy red fruits on the finish that lasts 30 seconds or so.

3/22/8/5/3 +50= 91 pts.
— 15 days ago

Ken, Ron and 1 other liked this

Le Macchiole

Scrio Toscana Syrah 2000

Not the best vintage for this wine. Succulent and rich with a hint of bitterness on the finish. — 7 days ago

Max Roper
with Max
Raul, Dick and 14 others liked this

La Fortuna

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2010

My wife and I first tasted La Fortuna on our honeymoon in brunello.. misty colored watered memories of the way we were...tonight pizza and kids crazy but I digress. Think the pros are hard on this wine. Medium bodied and well balanced with red fruit with some mineral and that touch of leather. Fun wine — 4 days ago

Keith, Ken and 8 others liked this
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

It's hard for the pros to like this IMO because it goes to the 'darker side' very quickly after starting a little more youthful/red. I love that character to these wines but I know it's not for everyone.

Podere San Lorenzo

Bramante Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2006

Oh man. The massivity of brunello with the balance of San Lorenzo. Gods cherry syrup with cherry licorice on the nose. Spice that stings the nose. Intense as hell. Palate is sick. Just Uber powerful cherries with spice. As you swallow just this awesome sweet cherry licorice. So damned fresh even though it’s a massive wine. Still juicy. Loooooooooove 06 in Montalcino. Long as hell. Persistent. So good. Bought from Fass Selections. — 10 days ago

Lyle Fass
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Lyle, LM and 3 others liked this
Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Please save it for a special meal. Duck. Steak. It’s beautiful.
Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Please save it for a special meal. Duck. Steak. It’s beautiful.
Lyle Fass

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Ok will bring to fed grill then. Wanted to do a video.
9.5