Archive for the Toscana Category

2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva, Toscana, Italy

I am happy to be presenting the 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva. All too often wines that are available to me, may not be available to every reader that drops by the website. That is a healthy thing in terms of wine diversity, but an obstacle in sharing a common bond with readers. The Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva is a wine that is available in many markets and is worth writing about. I have a long standing appreciation for Chiantis. When done right they are a marriage Read more [...]

Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico DOCG 2009, Toscana, Italy

While doing wine and music matches it is fun when the song pops into my mind before the first drop drips down the wine drain at the back of my mouth. The Tuscan Fèlsina Berardenga 2009 Chianti Classico is Black Velvet by Alanah Myles. No ifs, ands or butts.   The nose tickles with cherry and ripe tomato. The gulp brings in very strong and typical Chianti flavours, but this wine is all about feel and balance. Ms, Myles had an international smash with Black Velvet, not because the song Read more [...]

Michele Satta Toscana IGT Cavaliere 2004, Tuscany, Italy

Wine producer Michele Satta from Tuscany, Italy produces a wide range of wines. Relying on some traditional DOC blends and branching out with non DOC conforming products – he really adopts the principle of variety being the spice of life. One of the best value wines he offers is his Toscana IGT Cavaliere. I sampled the 2004 version and this 100% Sangiovese in the company of vineyard big-wig Fabio Motta. He talked about the taste and mentioned Cocoa – I tasted truffle, the chocolate variety of Read more [...]

Biondi Santi Spa Brunello Di Monalcino DOCG Villa Poggio Salvi 2004, Toscana, Italy

Montalcino is a great of example of what the entire region of Tuscany is capable of producing. Within the commune of Montalcino you have a myriad of growing conditions concentrated in a relatively small area. That results in a region that produce a wide range of variations of an established theme. Montalcino is also blessed to be large enough to produce a bountiful output that ensures great bang for the buck since the price of wine like pretty much everything else is based on supply and demand. Biondi Read more [...]

Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Clan Destino 2004, Toscana, Italy

Maximino Hernandez from the Pinino winery in Tuscany brimmed with pride as he carefully poured me a glass of his high end Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Clan Destino 2004. I can't say how happy I was to meet such a eager proponent of his wine, and that it offered me a chance to compare to another 2004 Brunello DOCG (see previous blog, Le Ragnaie...) from the same year. Max's pride came from the fact that this is the first vintage produced by Pinino name while under his (co-) ownership. The minerality Read more [...]

Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino, Toscana, Italy

Italian laws can be quite inflexible when it comes to naming rights for its wines. Montalcino has been producing its Brunello Di Montalcino for eons by aging the wine for at least two and a half years in wooden barrels. In nineteen-eighty-four wine makers in Montalcino won the right to market their wines that were barrelled for only 6 months under the new name of Rosso Di Montalcino and retain the prestigious Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. Le Ragnaie is one of the smaller vineyards Read more [...]
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