Category Archives: Tuscany

ITALIAN WINE PICK: Castello della Paneretta | Chianti Classico Riserva | DOCG | 2008 | $27 | 91 pts

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Aromas: dried dark fruit; cranberry; leather; hints of cinnamon Character: dry; medium-bodied; fruit & earth balanced; firm tannins; forward acids; toasty oak; 13.5% ABV Flavors: black cherry; dried herbs; cured tobacco; hints of peppercorn & clove Food Pairing: medium-sharp cheeses; tomato-based pasta dishes; roasted … Continue reading

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ITALIAN WINE PICK: Ruffino | Modus | IGT | Tuscany | Italy | 2010 | $25 | 90 pts

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Following our recent review of Renieri’s Invetro, we discovered yet another superb-value mini-Super Tuscan (Indicazione Geografica Tipica, or IGT, classification) from the region’s 2010 vintage.  This one hails from the venerable Chianti producer Ruffino, and consists of Sangiovese (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), and Merlot … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Campo Alla Sughera | Arnione | Bolgheri Superiore | Tuscany | Italy | 2008 | $50 | 93 pts

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Aromas:  black cherry; cured tobacco; pencil lead; anise; violets; cedar Character: dry; full-bodied & firm; elegant & velvety; smooth tannins & racy acidity; assertive oak;      14% ABV Flavors: black currant; red bell pepper; cured tobacco; clove; dried thyme; toasty oak Food Pairing: medium & sharp … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Aia Vecchia | Lagone | Red Blend | Toscana (Tuscany) IGT | Italy | 2010 | $17 | 89 pts

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Aromas: dried dark fruit; leather; pepper; rose petals Character:  dry; full-bodied; firm & intense; expressive acidity; moderate tannins; mild, cedar-tinged oak; nicely balanced; 13% ABV Flavors: blackberry; bell pepper; licorice; woodsmoke; flint; musk; dusting of cocoa Food Pairing: sharp cheeses; roasted meats … Continue reading

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