Tuscany, Italy

Castello dei Rampolla

Sammarco Toscana SuperTuscan Blend 2013

If @Cathy Corison made cab blends in Tuscany, they would be this great. Complex, begging for some age to strut. Gorgeous aromatics after an hour decant, followed by layers of dark and light red berry, asian spice, bridle leather and a hint of mint. Built to last (but no oak or vanilla to speak of), just silky tannins front to back. Outstanding. 20 years to go. โ€” 6 days ago

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@LM Segal Looks like Florence to me beautiful city enjoy Cheers ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
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Florence last week, now Rome. Wine and food great everywhere!
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@LM Segal LM sounds like youโ€™re having a great trip, enjoy. Look forward to more post. Cheers & Ciao ๐Ÿท

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona

Pianrosso Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2012

Last bottle. Bought a case of this a while back. Someone really needs to give me pointers as to how to refrain from depleting my wine cooler.

As you may know, I love this winemaker. The 2012 is a bit more rigid than the 2010, but it's still dynamite. This bottle clearly could have been left alone for a long while.

There is a hint of spruce on the very top of the nose which rapidly gives way to cocoa, coffee, faint vanilla, and a hint of cherry. On the palate, the chocolate persists (mix with tea and tobacco) nicely and ends with still quite firm tannins. Medium long finish.

Other Ciacci wines with a little age have been better, but this is still an excellent bottle of wine.

93 points
โ€” 6 days ago

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Azienda Agricola Terenzuola

Vermentino Nero Toscano IGT 2017

Red fruit, violet, super spicy on the nose. Med+ to high acidity, mouthwateringly fresh. Drop a chill on it. Rotundone blowing up. . . Cru beauj without the ratshit flavors ๐Ÿท โ€” 12 days ago

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Duemani

CiFRA Costa Toscana Cabernet Franc 2017

Good job again Italy! Like the last Cab F I tried from Italy this one is a dancer. A dancer with strong gams and suede slippers. But doing a bright, light cherry jam jig. Or some Italian dance. Tarantella? โ€” 2 days ago

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@Trixie cheers! Hmmm trying to find more dance emojis and beyond ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผan o my seeing the dancing bunny twin ones or...whatever they are supposed to be ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Masseto

Toscana Merlot 1997

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9.7

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

Insert expletive here. Wow. So beautifully bright and clean. Total balance. Dark ripe black cherries, dark chocolate dipped blackberries, and baked rhubarb tart. So much red and black fruit here! Definitely some fig, cherry cordial and truffle on the palate. Itโ€™s powerful without being overbearing. Tough call, but I ended up settling on early โ€˜00s Bordeaux. Is this the pinnacle of merlot?
โ€” 15 days ago

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Insane wine. Served blind between a 2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia and a 1998 Chateau Haut Brion. This and the HB were my favorites. But, this wine, despite its solid Merlot backbone, was extremely similar to the 97 Phelps and HB. Dark, rich blackberry and black cherry on the nose and palate. But, this one develops a hint of dried cacao and black tea in the middle. Fig, mushroom, and dried red and black fruits. A little more brambly on the finish than the 97 Insignia or the 98 Haut Brion but this is what endeared it to the aged New York strip loin that it was served with. I think this one is right at the top of the hill, and about to head downward probably in the next few years. If you have these, consider yourself extremely lucky and fortunate, and start drinking them now.
9.8
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Dream wine. What an amazing lineup!
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We nearly tripped over ourselves. ๐Ÿฆ„ wine!

Caccia al Piano

Ruit Hora Bolgheri Merlot Blend 2015

Tasted twice. โ€œRuit Horaโ€ is a line of poetry from the Odi Barbare collection of poems by Giosue Carducci and translates to โ€œThe Hour Hastens.โ€ A blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cab Sauv, 5% Petit Verdot & 5% Syrah. Aromas of dark fruits and pleasant noticeable spice. On the palate blackberry and sweet cherry, cacao and vanilla flavors. Nicely balanced, soft tannins, opened quickly, lingering ending with fruit and gentle smoky oak. Very Nice! โ€” 6 days ago

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Rocca di Montegrossi

Geremia Toscana Cabernet-Merlot Blend 2013

Such an inviting nose, very complex and long finish. Just entering it's drinking window, but still needs time to get it all finally together. Beautiful! โ€” 4 days ago

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Le Macchiole

Scrio Toscana Syrah 2013

Wonderfull duo from Le Macchiole. The Paleo (100% Cab Franc) is driven on horsepower and is quite intense while the Scrio (100% Syrah) is somewhat more elegant and smoother. Both fantastic wines! โ€” 10 days ago

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Isole e Olena

Collezione de Marchi Toscana IGT Syrah 2006

This has turned a good corner from the last time we had it. Smooth and rich (mouth coating) would be good with bbq lamb or steak. โ€” 11 days ago

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Montevertine

Pian del Ciampolo Toscana Super Tuscan Blend 2015

Got these as buffer for the Montevertine '16 resting in my cellar untill they're ready. Well, if this is a warning for what is coming...make sure you get these, the Montevertine and (if your wallet allows it) the Pergole Torte because something great is coming! As long as you stock them... โ€” 16 days ago

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