WINES of Tuscany
Under the Tuscan Sun
Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world’s most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo, made from a variety of the region’s grapes. Tuscany has thirty-three Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and eleven Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). In the 1970s, a new class of wines known in the trade as “Super Tuscans” emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations but were considered of high quality and commanded high prices. Many of these wines became cult wines. In the reformation of the Italian classification system many of the original Super Tuscans now qualify as DOC or DOCG wines (such as the new Bolgheri label) but some producers still prefer the declassified rankings or to use the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) classification of Toscana. As of today, Tuscany has five sub-categories of IGT wines.
Rocca del Macie Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG $6 / $20
The late Italo Zingarelli, a highly-acclaimed Italian film producer best known for his classic spaghetti westerns, purchased Rocca delle Macìe properties in Castellina in Chianti in 1973 and thus embarked on a career as one of Chianti Classico’s more unlikely wine producers. Thanks to his dedication and passion and that of his son Sergio, who now oversees the property, Rocca delle Macìe has become one of Tuscany’s leading wine estates. Pairs best with fish and light meat dishes. Also, excellent on its own and as an aperitif. Serve chilled.
Sant’ Agnese Rubido $7 / $24
Great wine from Tuscany, with dark, intense cherry color. Nose: intense, aromatic, with notes of wood domination, of resinous pine trees after sweet cherries, dark fruit in the background. Mouth: black, ripe, fruit, cherry, blackcurrant jam, a little smoke, a lot of wood, cherry, oak, spicy seasoning, chili, pepper, ginger, carnation. Wine hard and strong, clear, with a huge sweet-wood, a little aggressive tannins. Finish: extremely long, astringent, drying, rough, tannic.
Cerro Vino Nobile de Montepulciano DOCG $8 / $28
This is the most classic and the most famous wine produced by Fattoria del Cerro. Montepulciano stands on a height at the southern extremity of the Chiana Valley, 30 miles south of Siena. An ancient legend has it that Montepulciano was founded at the orders of the Etruscan king Porsenna. This Vino Nobile has an aging potential of 15-20 years. Vivid ruby red color. Nose of violet, wild black cherry, wild berries and touches of spices with a slight vanilla finish. Full, enveloping, fine and elegant flavor, with a tannic strenth and an excellent persistence. Excellent with grilled red and white meats, roasts and aged cheese.
La Querce Chianti DOCG “Sorrettole” $6.5 / $22
Sangiovese 80 %, Canaiolo 8 % Merlot 8 % and Colorino 4 % WINE YIELD/HECTARE: 48 Hl. WINEMAKING: Harvesting: manual with crates, grapes are softly pressed. Fermentation of about 10 days, with periodical pumping over for a better color and softer tannins extraction during which the wine completed its alcoholic fermentation. Maturation in stainless steel tanks for 9 months, after bottling it’s remain 3 months in cellar. PRODUCT QUANTITY: 12.000 bottles of l. 0,750 TASTE: ruby red color, pleasantly fruity and with cherry notes to the nose, while fresh and long lasting in mouth. Lots of blueberry and chocolate character. Full body, chewy tannins. Slightly rustic, but flavorful.
Bindi Segardi Chianti Classico DOCG “Calidonia” $12 / $39
Intense ruby red color. The nose shows fruity and floral notes together with spices and incense. Soft, elegant and well structured. Freshness, complexity, graceful and silky tannins are the result of a careful selection of Sangiovese grapes growing on Alberese and Galestro soils. This wine is vibrant and has a long and persistent aftertaste. It is an excellent expression of Mocenni’s terroir and of Chianti Classico Riserva. Serving suggestions: Traditional accompaniments are red meat (both roasts and salted), game, and mature cheeses. Mediterranean first courses.
Rocca di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia Maremma $9 / $30
The benchmark wine, the third label, from the great project of Rocca di Frassinello. But a wine with a very marked personality, spicy but very easy to drink. An introduction to the company’s other labels of great aged wines. It is such a pleasure to drink that the quantities consumed are always high. Plums, chocolate, spices and herbs emerge spontaneously. Clean mineral notes outline the finish and confer an attractive element of freshness. It pairs well with roasted meats, stews and mature cheeses.