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Brunello di Montalcino: The 2012 Brunellos & 2011 Riservas

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2017

The superb 2012 Brunello vintage represents a conundrum: a hot, very dry year that produced a large number of wines in a cooler-climate style. Aromas and flavors are ripe in 2012, but the wines also have the acidity and steely tannic structure to evolve slowly and gracefully in bottle


Ornellaia & Masseto: 1995-2010 From Magnum

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2017

David Bouley’s Test Kitchen was the setting for this remarkable retrospective featuring Ornellaia and Masseto across eight iconic vintages. All of the wines were served from magnum for what turned out to be a truly unforgettable evening.

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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Castello di Ama Merlot L’Apparita

Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

Vinous readers have come to know that I collect wines for the love of drinking them, meaning I often indulge in vintages that are less obvious choices than those that are more celebrated, but that produced, in some cases, outstanding wines. And so it is with Tuscany’s 1995 Castello di Ama Merlot L’Apparita, which is delicious and irresistible, even though it was made in a less heralded year.

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Central Tuscany – Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and Beyond

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

Tuscany is one of Italy’s richest and most diverse regions. While Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and, to a lesser extent, Maremma, get most of the attention, Tuscany’s smaller appellations are very much worth taking the time to discover. This article covers new releases from Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and several other smaller districts.

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Vinous Event: Soldera Vertical in London

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Gianfranco Soldera remains one of Italy’s most iconic producers. Our recent vertical tasting in London provided an extraordinary opportunity to check in on a number of Soldera Brunellos back to 1981. In particular, I was struck by how well wines from the less renowned vintages showed.

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Soldera Redux: 1981-2006

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

This stunning collection of Brunellos from Gianfranco Soldera spanned twenty-four vintages and three decades going all the way back to 1981, including all of the reference point wines in that time frame as well as a number of wines from less heralded vintages.

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Looking Back at the 2005 & 2004 Brunellos

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Revisiting the 2005 and 2004 Brunellos is a terrific opportunity to gain further insights on these two very different vintages given that some time has passed since the wines were first released. The best Brunellos from both vintages have plenty to offer, although the finest 2004s are truly superb.

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2014 Chianti Classico: Better Late Than Never

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Mother Nature gave growers fits in 2014, but picture perfect conditions during the last month of the growing season saved what had been a very challenging vintage up until then. The 2014s are vibrant, pointed, mid-weight wines with bracing acidity and energy.

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A Tuscan Icon – Petrolo Galatrona: 1998-2012

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany, featured

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Galatrona is one of Italy’s most famous and best Merlots. In fact, with few exceptions, it is Italy’s Merlots that have reached the highest pinnacles of quality amongst wines made with international grapes.


Salvioni: Brunello di Montalcino 1985-2011

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2016

Several years in the making, this truly once in a lifetime vertical traced the arc of Giulio Salvioni’s Brunello di Montalcino back to the inaugural 1985 vintage. From the outset, Salvioni’s Brunellos attracted a great deal of acclaim, and with good reason. The early vintages remain monuments to the potential of Sangiovese in Montalcino, while many of the more recent vintages are contemporary masterpieces.