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Region Spotlight Tuscany

Region Spotlight Tuscany

When the world thinks of Italian wine regions, Tuscany is often the image that comes to mind. The rolling landscape of endless vineyards, and cypress trees, it is exactly what Italian wine dreams are made of. The region is Italy’s oldest, and according to The Oxford Wine Companion, the Greek wrote about the quality of Tuscan wine in the 3rd Century BC.

Tuscany is large and vast. Ten provinces with cooler Mediterranean climates on the West coast, and slightly warmer climates as you travel more inland. The favorite child of the region is the Sangiovese varietal, making just under 50% of the grape production. The grape is in all of the iconic wines of the region including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is labeled Super Tuscan and has enjoyed increasing popularity in the world.

Tuscany has 42 DOC regions and 11 DOCG regions, meaning there is a lot to discover and taste. Below you will see a great representation of this hilly region, to sip and day dream about your next visit.

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Castello del Terriccio – Lupicaia 2009
Italy – Tuscany – Toscana – Red

92 Points
I think it’s perfectly drinkable today, even if it has the structure to age for many more years. Very generous wine, with that dark cassis, almost Cabernet-like fruit, with those ripe herbs, a very rich structure and good length.”


Le Macioche 2007
Italy – Tuscany – Brunello Di Montalcino – Red

90 Points
“It’s a quality wine obviously with a certain structure; still something I would like to put back in my cellar, I think it would just gain more nuance and complexity from some further aging. But good material here in terms of balance, in terms of structure and in terms of length; so very good wine.”


Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi – CastelGiocondo 2010
Italy – Tuscany – Brunello Di Montalcino – Red
91 Points

Ripe and distinct, still youthful with a great potential for further aging, but it’s nicely rounded, nicely crafted, with a quite polished texture already, and a great character and length. Good.”


Terra di Seta – Riserva 2010
Italy – Tuscany – Chianti Classico – Kosher – Sangiovese – Red

87 Points
Really polished in terms of tannin. There is a fine backbone of tannins, much more of an emphasis of fruit without those influences of oak. Mild spiciness on the finish and a quite long persistence as well.”


Terre di Perseto – Albore 2012
Italy – Tuscany – Chianti Classico – Red
90 Points

Good level of drinkability, a certain complexity, well-balanced in terms of that sweet fruit with tannin and acidity. It should definitely go on in the cellar for many more years, but I would happily drink it already today.”


Uccelliera 2010
Italy – Tuscany – Brunello Di Montalcino – Red
92 Points
“The fruit has got a hint of sweetness, even if the wine is classically dry it gives this generous mouthful of sweet dark fruit. Well-balanced, doubtlessly a style and a structure that will keep evolving for a long time, but I take great pleasure in drinking this now.”


Uggiano – Chianti Riserva DOCG 2009
Italy – Tuscany – Chianti – Red
88 Points
Quite traditional style, certainly a wine which needs aging to open up and to show more complexity. I think though that with some more aeration in a decanter or in the glass, it opens up, and I think it offers a very nice traditional style, combining that ripe cherry fruit with a good acidity.”

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