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Tuscany New Releases: Maremma, Montepulciano & More

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2018

Readers will find much to admire in these current releases from Tuscany’s Maremma, Montepulciano and smaller neighboring appellations. As always, it is the extraordinary diversity of regions, microclimates and varieties that define Italy’s rich oenological landscape. Best of all, with few exceptions, pricing for so many wines remains quite modest in today’s world.

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Brunello di Montalcino: Sleek '13s, Surprising '12 Riservas

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

The taut, refined 2013 Brunellos offer early appeal and considerable aging potential. A surprising number of producers I visited or spoke to told me they believed the 2013 vintage to be close in quality to the much more famous 2010. The other good news for wine lovers this year is just how good the 2012 Brunello Riservas are. In fact, off the top of my head I cannot remember when I so thoroughly enjoyed tasting one Brunello Riserva after another.

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Chianti Classico: The Stellar 2015s and Surprising 2014s

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Chianti Classico is one of the world’s elite regions because of its proven ability to produce pedigreed, age-worthy wines that transmit the essence of site and that develop beautifully in bottle. Readers will find a bevy of compelling new releases in the market, ranging from the gorgeous, radiant 2015s to the more nervy, tense 2014s.

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Castello di Ama L’Apparita Retrospective 1988-2013

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Over the last four decades, Castello di Ama’s Merlot L’Apparita has built an enviable track record that places it among the world’s most pedigreed wines. I was thrilled to host this charity event at Sotto Sotto as part of the Grand Cru Culinary Festival, which raised over C$3m for six research centers at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals.

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Cellar Favorite: 2007 Antinori Tignanello

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

The 2007 Tignanello is a big, ample wine that is just beginning now to open up.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Col D’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Col d’Orcia’s top Brunello, the Poggio al Vento, is much sought after by winelovers and collectors alike. Perhaps less known but at times almost as good is the estate’s Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, which was made up to and including the 1995 vintage (the estate has since ceased bottling the Riserva in order to avoid running the risk of affecting the quality of the classic Brunello that is made every year).

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Brunello di Montalcino: The 2012 Brunellos & 2011 Riservas

featured, Italy: Tuscany

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

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Ornellaia & Masseto: 1995-2010 From Magnum

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives

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

Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites

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

featured, Italy: Tuscany

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.