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Tuscany

tuscany.jpgBy Gareth Williams CC2

Tuscany is home to awe-inspiring medieval towns, world-class art museums, and - most importantly for our purposes - the Sangiovese grape. Sangiovese is king in Central Italy, an it sees its highest expression in Tuscan regions such as Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. 

 

Antinori 2017 Tignanello 750ml

$135.99

The Marchesi Antinori 2017 Tignanello (made with Sangiovese and smaller parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) is a dark, exuberant and inviting wine. I tasted my sample after a double decanting and was pleased by the profound nature of the wine...

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Cantina Vecchia 2018 Chianti 750ml

$17.30

Sangiovese is the staple variety in Tuscany and synonymous with Chianti and Brunello wines. Considered a reflection of its terroir, Sangiovese creates wine styles that vary from light and floral, to dark and highly tannic. This wine is a lively ruby red...

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Banfi 2015 Placido Chianti 750ml

$16.43

Winemaker's Notes: "Conte Placido was the hero of an epic battle between two Italian provinces. For his valour, he was awarded a vast estate where winemaking soon became an important part of the culture. A nod to this heritage and legacy, Placido's...

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Il Poggione 2018 Rosso di Montalcino 750ml

$42.52

Bright red cherries, stone fruits, smoke and tobacco are some of the notes that jump from the glass in the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino. In this vintage, the Rosso is bright, floral and medium in body, all of which make it extremely versatile. This is...

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RD Macie 2017 Straccali Chianti 750ml

$16.45

Intense and persistent; violet notes mingle with cherry. Well-structured with a firm, polished finish. Serve at room temperature. Pair with hearty pastas, stews, poultry and red meats. --Winemaker

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Pertimali 2016 Querciolina Montecucco Rosso 750ml

$37.30

The bouquet is dark and earthy in the best possible way, as savory herbs give way to crushed black cherry, encased in an air of smoky minerals, sous-bois, and hints of animal musk. The 2016 La Querciolina Montecucco Rosso then floods the palate with...

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Fattoria Selvapiana 2018 Chianti Rufina 750ml

$39.04

Selvapiana's 2018 Chianti Rufina is exquisitely beautiful. A wine of translucence and character, the 2018 captures the essence of the vintage in spades. Dark cherry, blood orange, cinnamon, rose petal and mint are all laced together in the glass. The...

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Banfi 2017 Le Rime Pinot Grigio 750ml

$17.30

Castello Banfi began in 1978 as two Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani, set off on their journey to create a modern winery in Italy. The name Banfi is from Giovanni Mariani Sr's maternal aunt Teodolinda Banfi, who grew up alongside the man...

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Carpineto Originale NV Rosso 750ml

$22.52

Tuscan producer Carpineto needs no introduction, and is certainly an "Originale" when it comes to producing high-scoring, critically acclaimed wines. The Carpineto Originale is a Sangiovese-dominant red blend that is common to countryside of Tuscany...

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Poggio al Lupo 2017 Vermentino 750ml

$27.74

Vermentino is varietal originating from the Tyrrhenian basin. It expresses the best features in Maremma area. Vermentino Poggio al Lupo is a young and fragrant wine with fresh and aromatic fruity notes. It is delicate, persistent, and pleasant on the...

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Rocca delle Macie 2016 Sasyr Toscana IGT 750ml

$20.78

Color: intense ruby red .  Bouquet :very intense and complex, with fruity  aromas of cherry, blackberry and raspberry.  Taste: smooth with a good structure, it has  a pleasant freshness and a long persistent  aromatic finish...

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Tenuta San Guido 2018 Guidalberto 750ml

$64.53

A deft and bright blend to serve with a platter of creamy Camembert wedges, the 2018 Guidalberto is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon supplemented with 40% Merlot, showing a smooth and silky delivery of aromas with black fruit and sour cherry backed by spice,...

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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 2012/2013 Ornellaia 750ml

$214.99

Critical Acclaim: The 2012 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is very similar to the 2011 Ornellaia that precedes it. These were both hot vintages, but 2012 saw the heat towards the end of the growing season. In fact the harvest in 2012 came two weeks earlier...

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Argiano 2015 Brunello di Montalcino 750ml

$69.99

This is a terrific wine and one of the new releases from Montalcino that I happily include on a short list of top recommendations. The Argiano 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows a very lively bouquet that is already singing despite the young age of this...

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