Tag Archives: Tuscany

Baracchi Sparkling Rosé of Sangiovese, NV, Tuscany, Italy

16 Jan

DSC03208Sparkling rosé of Sangiovese? Sounds delicious! This rare sparkling displays aromas of cherry, wild berry, and fresh rose petal. The palate is dry, refreshing and harmonious with an elegant finish of black currant and sweet almond. Expect amazing things from this wine at any celebration, both for the quality and the presentation. $55

Nemorino Rosso, 2012, Tuscany, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03200“Super Tuscan” is an unofficial term coined to describe lush, full-bodied, modern Italian wines that don’t play by the rules governing Tuscan appellations like Chianti. This one is 60% Syrah with equal parts Sangiovese and Merlot. Fruit-forward and rounded on the palate, making it a perfect cocktail-style wine, but with enough acidity to play well with dishes like peppery roast pork loin. $16

Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2010, Tuscany, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03199Lush, gorgeous Sangiovese from Brunello’s little sibling down the road, and great bang for  the buck. “This round version is laced with black cherry and raspberry fruit, showing hints of cocoa and spice. Firm tannins lend support, making this well-balanced overall, with a lingering finish of warm chocolate cake. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases imported.” 91 pts WS. $32

#58 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013

Campo Alla Sughera “Arnione” Bolgheri Superiore, 2007, Tuscany, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03198An Italian blend of red Bordeaux varietals from Bolgheri in Tuscany. There are notes of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries and a harmonious blend of bell pepper, sweet licorice and vanilla. In the mouth, the flavors are mellifluous, balanced, smooth and elegant, with refined, velvety tannins. A natural match for Tuscan pasta e fagioli. $54

Fattoria di Magliano “Pagliatura” Vermentino, 2011, Tuscany, Italy

15 Oct

069Pagliatura Vermentino is white Tuscan wine with attitude. Crisp, citrusy, herbaceous and full-bodied. The palate is round and mouth-coating with juicy acid and delightful complexity. Enjoy with seafood dishes like cioppino, sushi, or raw shellfish. $24

Corte alla Flora “Podere del Giuggiolo,” 2012, Tuscany, Italy

15 Oct

068A fresh and fruity white blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Notes of lemongrass and grapefruit provide great aromatic balance, and the palate is crisp and thirst-quenching. Delightful with chilled shellfish—shrimp cocktail, perhaps. $12

Petra Suvereto “Zingari,” 2009, Tuscany, Italy

15 Oct

05830% Sangiovese, 30% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Perfumed red fruit and flowers with savory vegetal undertones. Fresh and juicy, the palate is bursting with cherry, strawberry, wild rose and leather. Feel free to indulge with a prime cut of bistecca alla Fiorentina (Tuscan Porterhouse). $20

Baracchi “Smeriglio” Sangiovese DOC Cortona 2010

15 Oct

055Complex, round and elegant with ripe strawberry and bing cherry, representing a nexus of Old and New World winemaking styles. Brisk acidity and fine-grained tannins allow for immediate consumption or for aging. Pair with tagliatelle with red sauce and meatballs made with veal and pork. $27