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Cellar Favorite: 1969 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2021

Monsanto’s 1969 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio was a very pleasant surprise after a long day of visits and tastings. Monsanto is one of the historic estates of Chianti Classico.

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Chianti Classico and Beyond – 2018 & 2019

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2021

I was thrilled to get back to Chianti Classico this past summer. It was my first tasting trip to Italy in two years. Much has changed, for obvious reasons, but some things haven’t, chief among them my long-held belief that these are some of the greatest sites in the world.

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Cellar Favorite: 2015 Soldera Sangiovese

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2021

Tasting the 2015 Soldera Sangiovese brings back so many memories of tasting the wine from cask with Gianfranco Soldera prior to his passing in 2019. The routine was always the same.

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Cellar Favorite: 2011 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

After the tragic passing of proprietor Lionel Cousin, I found myself digging through my cellar for past vintages of his lovely creation, the Cupano Brunello di Montalcino.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

Having just celebrated its fifteenth birthday, I thought it was about time to check in on the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino from Poggio Il Castellare, an estate from the southeast that I associate with suave character and dark ripe fruits.

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Vino Nobile & Carmignano: Italy’s Forgotten Noble Reds

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2021

Italy is one of the world’s most fascinating and diverse countries. There are of course famous wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo and Chianti Classico. But the country is also home to many other wines that have enjoyed periods of prominence mixed with less brilliant eras of near obscurity. Vino Nobile and Carmignano are two wines with long, rich histories, deep connections to the land and much for the curious wine-lover to explore.

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Tuscany Odds & Ends

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2021

This brief update mostly covers a number of Tuscan wines with releases that fall in between my larger regional reports as well as a handful of notable wines that were missing from our database.

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In the Sweet Spot: 2001 Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Eric Guido, Mar 2021

Montalcino has come so far in a relatively short amount of time. Generational transitions, a focus on terroir and the willingness to showcase Sangiovese’s inherent character above winemaking wizardry have come together, resulting in many wines that have never been better than they are today. In this article I look back at the 2001s, wines from another era that, in a sense, helped pave the way to the region's success. So where do the 2001 Brunellos stand today, twenty years later?

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2018 Tuscany Preview

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2021

The 2018 Tuscany Preview revives a tradition from years back, when I published an early look at new releases from Tuscany each spring. Well, the Tuscany Preview is back and features some of the year’s most exciting upcoming releases, many of them reference-point wines of historical significance.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Feb 2021

Because of Il Poggio’s amazing ability to mature over the course of decades, this night was the first time that I decided to open a bottle of the 2006 since tasting it upon release - and I sure am glad that I did.