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Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2016 magnum (1x1.5L)

The Rufina zone is the smallest of all in Chianti (about 1,000 hectares of vineyard) but also one of the most special. The cool breeze that blows down the Sieve Valley gives the best wines a finesse and definition that few in Chianti Classico can match. And there is no better producer in Rufina than Selvapiana, which has been in the family of Francesco Giuntini since 1827. Federico Giuntini Masseti now runs the property, which is situated just north of the town of Pontassieve. The estate covers 245 hectares, 60 of which are planted under vine (95% being Sangiovese), 22 are olive groves, and the rest is covered by woods. For the most part, the vineyards face west, though Selvapiana's prized Bucerchiale vineyard is south west facing.

The grapes are grown in the ancient Selvapiana estate which covers 56 hectares. For the most part, the vineyards face west/north west and are situated at an altitude of 150-200 metres above sea level. The soil is mostly clay and limestone. The older vines planted in the late 1970s, are planted at a density of 3,200 per hectare and 5,200 per hectare for the younger vines planted at the beginning of the 2000s. The average yield is 35-40 hectolitres per hectare.

2016 was a classic vintage. Winter was quite mild, with good amounts of rainfall. Bud break came early in April due to warm weather. May, June and the summer months were warm, with the right amount of rain. Night -time temperatures were also cool. The grapes were healthy, ripe and rich yet well balanced, with very ripe tannins.

Fermentation took place partly in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and partly in cement tanks, at a temperature of 28-30°C. Maceration lasted 15 days with daily pumping over. The wine was aged for 12 months, with 10% held in stainless steel, 65% in 25-30 hectolitre French oak casks and 25% in barriques. The wine was then blended in tank and bottled.

95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera.

Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has perfumes of ripe blackberry fruit, red cherry and a touch of spice on the nose. On the palate, it is ripe and juicy but still fine and elegant in the Selvapiana style, with a tight structure and lifted, floral finish with refreshing acidity.

ABV = 14.0%.

£29.90

Talenti Rosso Di Montalcino 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2018 edition sponsored guide of Rosso di Montalcino (see blue link below).

Talenti Rosso Di Montalcino 2016 - December 2018 Decanter review

The winery was established in 1980, when Pierluigi Talenti decided to buy the fascinating property and grounds with which he had fallen in love in the fifties, when he had decided to leave the mountains of his native Romagna for the sweet and sunny hills of Montalcino. The Talenti estate is located south of Montalcino, close to the small medieval village of San Angelo in Colle. Ricardo Talenti has overseen plenty of improvements in both the vineyards and cellar since taking over from grandfather Pierluigi.

The Talenti vineyards are situated in the southern hills of Montalcino (220-400m above sea level).

This wine is made in a hands-off, traditional style. Temperature controlled maceration and alcoholic fermentation take place for 20-25 days in stainless steel tanks (24-26°C). After an ageing period of 8 months partially in French oak tonneau and Slavonian oak barrels, the wine spends an additional 4 months in bottle before release. 

100% Sangiovese.

The Talenti Rosso di Montalcino is ruby red and intense in colour with a violet shimmer. It is medium-bodied with crisp red and black cherry fruit, savoury earthy notes and a sprinkling of spice. The tannins are ripe and firm with fresh acidity.

ABV = 14.5%.

£17.20

Tenuta Ammiraglia, Pietraregia, Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2015 (1x75cl)

The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia represent the Frescobaldi’s expression of modern Tuscan wines: influenced and inspired by the Mediterranean sun, sea and coastal breezes. The modern Ammiraglia winery, designed by the architect Piero Sartogo, is reminiscent of the prow of a ship pointing towards the sea. Perfectly integrated amid the hills and covered with greenery, it combines the most recent technological innovations with respect for the land and surrounding nature. The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia are distinguished by the freshness, minerality and richness of the fruit.

Located in Magliano in the Maremma on the southern tip of Tuscany, the Ammiraglia estate boasts 150 hectares of vineyards that blanket gently rolling hills overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. In this area the amount of sun and reflected light reach the highest levels and together with the marine breezes create particularly favourable growing conditions. To enhance the unique character of this territory a reservoir was created to collect water and give freshness to the vineyards during the driest months of the year. The combination of all of these factors, impart the wines of Ammiraglia with exceptional richness and aromas that are unique to Maremma.

A fine autumn and heavy rains throughout winter helped develop good water reserves. The budding phase took place one week later than average, but the positive climate in April and May, and the particularly hot July days mitigated by cool evening breezes, accelerated the plants’ growth for an early véraison. The grapes’ ripening progressed at a gentle pace, thanks to the August rain showers that lowered the temperatures and contributed to grapes with excellent aromas.

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of approximately 30°C and lasted for 10 days. Post fermentation maceration lasted for 20 days, ensuring the desired levels of colour, flavour and structure was imparted to the wine. Malolactic fermentation took place and the wine was then aged for 24 months in second-use large oak barrels with a further two months in bottle prior to release.

Sangiovese 85%, Ciliegiolo 10%, Syrah 5%.

A intense and robustly structured wine with savoury and powerful flavours, long and sustained. Pietraregia 2015’s bouquet expresses ripe fruit notes of plums with nuances of blackberry, floral violets and a lovely smoky and spiced cinnamon aroma. The wine is elegantly structured and marked by good acidity, which lifts the crisp raspberry fruitiness and the delicate spicy notes into a sweet, persistent finale.

ABV = 14.0%.

£21.75

Tenuta Ammiraglia, Terre More, Maremma Toscana, Cabernet 2017 (1x 75cl)

The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia represent the Frescobaldis' expression of modern Tuscan wines: influenced and inspired by the Mediterranean sun, sea and coastal breezes. The modern Ammiraglia winery, designed by the architect Piero Sartogo, is reminiscent of the prow of a ship pointing towards the sea. Perfectly integrated amid the hills and covered with greenery, it combines the most recent technological innovations with respect for the land and surrounding nature. The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia are distinguished by the freshness, minerality and richness of the fruit.

The 2017 season was marked by a relatively dry autumn and winter with temperatures slightly above seasonal averages, leading to early sprouting of new shoots on the vines. Flowering also began a few days early in comparison to previous seasons. The spring rains ensured the vines had the necessary water reserves for the entire summer, which was extremely dry with temperatures constantly above 30°C, with a few localised rainy spells. The alternation of these events resulted in an excellent harvest, with perfectly ripened grapes.

Located in Magliano in the Maremma on the southern tip of Tuscany, the Ammiraglia estate boasts 150 hectares of vineyards that blanket gently rolling hills overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. In this area the amount of sun and reflected light reach the highest levels and together with the marine breezes create particularly favourable growing conditions. To enhance the unique character of this territory a reservoir was created to collect water and give freshness to the vineyards during the driest months of the year. The soil in the vineyard is sandy and clay, with a good depth and has a marginally high acidity. The combination of all of these factors, impart the wines of Ammiraglia with exceptional richness and aromas that are unique to Maremma.

The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28°C. Maceration on the skins lasted for 13 days and malolactic fermentation took place immediately after the initial fermentation. The wine was matured for 12 months in second- and third-passage large oak barrels, prior to being bottled.

For this wine, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Tenuta Ammiraglia, Terre More, Maremma Toscana, Cabernet 2017 - fiche technique

Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Syrah 5%.

Elegant and vibrant complexity on the nose with notes of deep, dark fruits, blackberry and plum give way to spiced notes of liquorice and vanilla. Silky and balanced with a freshness that envelopes the fine and integrated tannins and a deliciously, long and fruity finish.

ABV = 13.5%.

£15.35

Tenuta CastelGiocondo (Frescobaldi), Brunello di Montalcino 2014 (1x 75cl)

CastelGiocondo epitomises the spirit of Montalcino. It is considered to be one of the most historical estates of Montalcino, as it was one of the first producers of Brunello di Montalcino during the 1800s. The vines are overlooked by the castle and the small medieval town of Montalcino. The combination of the unique location of the vineyard, which is situated at 300 to 400 metres altitude; the south western orientation, which benefits from the warming afternoon sun; and the free draining marl soil culminates to produce this top quality Sangiovese. The CastelGiocondo wines are distinguished by their opulence, power and extraordinary longevity.

The high density vineyards are planted at between 250 and 400 metres above sea level, with 5,500 vines per hectare. The vines have an average age of 15 years and are Cordon spur and Guyot trained. Meticulous vineyard management takes place by hand. There are two types of soil on the estate; the first is rich in sand with a high presence of calcium, while the second is calcareous, rich in both clay and calcium with a more alkaline pH.

As to the 2014 vintage: the winter season was characterised by quite mild temperatures, unusual for the time of year. The reawakening vines were greeted with warm and sunny spring days. The cool and particularly rainy summer encouraged longer vegetative development. The second half of September was characterised by lack of rain, ample sun and significant diurnal-nocturnal temperature variations, which accelerated maturation, delivering rich grapes with aromatic, colourful and structural components.

The grapes were hand-harvested and underwent a scrupulous selection process in the cellar. Fermentation took place in stainless steel controlled temperatures. The wine was aged in wood, where it matured for a period of five full years, resulting in a refined and balanced wine. It received further bottle ageing for several months, prior to release.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Tenuta CastelGiocondo, Brunello Di Montalcino 2014 - fiche technique

100% Sangiovese.

A dense, warm, full-flavoured and complex Brunello with leather and earthy, savoury notes combined with violets and toasted coffee. Intense ruby red in colour, CastelGiocondo Brunello 2014 expresses itself through complex aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant, with subtle hints of blueberry, which are further enriched by elegant floral notes and the tertiary spice of cinnamon, pepper and leather. On the palate, it envelops the palate with impressive balance, dense tannic texture and minerality through to a long finish. Braised red meats or aged cheese.

ABV = 14.5%.

£42.50

Tenuta CastelGiocondo (Frescobaldi), Campo ai Sassi, Rosso di Montalcino 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2019 edition panel tasting of Rosso di Montalcino (see blue link below).

Tenuta CastelGiocondo (Frescobaldi), Campo ai Sassi - September 2019 Decanter review

CastelGiocondo epitomises the spirit of Montalcino. It is considered to be one of the most historical estates of Montalcino, as it was one of the first producers of Brunello di Montalcino during the 1800s. The vines are overlooked by the castle and the small medieval town of Montalcino. The combination of the unique location of the vineyard, which is situated at 300 to 400 metres altitude; the south-western orientation, which benefits from the hot afternoon sun; and the free draining marl soils; contributes three significant attributes in producing this top quality Sangiovese. The CastelGiocondo wines are distinguished by their opulence, power and extraordinary longevity.

The vineyards are located on the CastelGiocondo Estate in Montalcino. Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino displays the same characteristics as Brunello, but in a more youthful, less complicated manner. It is produced from the same grape, Sangiovese, but from vineyards with vines that have very deep roots and yield wines which are aromatic and elegant, and less tannic than the Brunello. These vineyards were first planted in 1990 and then recently replanted, according to the terroir.

The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks, followed by maceration on the skins for 16 days extracting colour, flavour and structure. Malolactic fermentation took place immediately after alcoholic fermentation. A proportion of the wine was matured in 80 hectolitre and 100-hectolitre Slavonian oak casks, while the remaining proportion was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine then received four months bottle-ageing in the cellar.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Tenuta CastelGiocondo, Campo ai Sassi, Rosso Di Montalcino 2017 - fiche technique

100% Sangiovese.

Lifted aromas of red pear and herbal notes complemented by typical Sangiovese flavours of liquorice, cloves and dry bitter cherry on the finish. Intense aromas of blackcurrant and herbal notes on the nose, lead to the complex palate of mint, liquorice, cardamom with a hint of violet. Smooth, but well structured on the palate, this intense wine has a wonderful persistency on the finish. An intense wine which accompanies full-flavoured stews, steak or wild boar; or pasta dishes such as pappardelle in a black truffle sauce.

ABV = 13.0%.

£19.65

Tenuta CastelGiocondo (Frescobaldi), Lamaione, Toscana 2015 (1x75cl)

CastelGiocondo epitomises the spirit of Montalcino. It is considered to be one of the most historical estates of Montalcino, as it was one of the first producers of Brunello di Montalcino during the 1800s. The vines are overlooked by the castle and the small medieval town of Montalcino. The combination of the unique location of the vineyard, which is situated at 300 to 400 metres altitude; the south western orientation, which benefits from the warming afternoon sun; and the free draining marl soil culminates to produce this top quality Sangiovese. The CastelGiocondo wines are distinguished by their opulence, power and extraordinary longevity.

The winter was warm, followed by a mid spring which encouraged an early budding. 2014 saw a mild summer with intermittent rains, which brought the growing season back to its normal progression. Heatwaves at the end of July and the beginning of August resulted in a positive véraison. The diurnal temperature differences promoted a gradual ripening of the fruit and warm weather conditions in September resulted in healthy grapes of excellent quality.

The Tenuta CastelGiocondo vineyard is located in Montalcino at 300 metres above sea level. 12 hectares of vines are grown in the Lamaione vineyard with a southwesterly exposure. The vines were planted in 1998, to a density of 5,500 vines per hectare and are low-spur pruned cordon trained. The clayey terrain is rich in limestone and mineral elements with a lightly alkaline pH.

The grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed and manually sorted. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures of between 28 to 30°C with maceration lasting three weeks, extracting colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine was matured for 24 months in 80% new French oak barriques, followed by a further 12 months bottle ageing.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Tenuta CastelGiocondo, Lamaione, Toscana 2015 - fiche technique

100% Merlot.

An impressive bouquet of great aromatic richness and a complexity, Lamaione 2015 expresses blackcurrant, cherry, raspberry and delicate notes of vanilla and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is enveloping with velvety tannins and is rich in black berried fruit flavours that fill the palate with lingering persistence.

ABV = 14.5%.

£54.80

Tenuta Castiglioni, Castiglioni, Frescobaldi, Chianti 2018 (1x75cl)

Tenuta di Castiglioni was the first estate cultivated by the Frescobaldi family, which has produced over 700 vintages. The family’s passion for wine in this area started in Castiglioni, along the road of the same name, which the ancient Romans built to link Rome to Tuscany. On the gentle hills of Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence, the combination of the terroir, the mild climate and the characteristic afternoon sea breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea is expressed in the Tenuta di Castiglioni wines which are structured, generous and show a rich, purity of fruit.

Tenuta Castiglioni is situated in the gentle hills of Val di Pesa. The richness of the weather and the terroir is expressed in the structure of the wines, due to the symbiosis between the soil, the mild climate and the afternoon breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The vineyard soils are rich in marl, clay, limestone and also calcium.

Winter 2017-2018 on the Castiglioni Estate saw substantial rainfall, with some snow at the beginning of March, which guaranteed abundant soil water reserves for the summer. During the spring season there was an alternation of warm, sunny and cool, damp days. The plants reacted with a consistent and luxurious development of shoots and good flowering. In summer, rainfall decreased during the warm and sunny months of July and August. In September, the almost complete absence of rain and the presence of a significant northerly wind enabled the grapes to ripen in a particularly dry climate, leading to considerable levels of concentration.

The grapes were harvested during the end of September and the beginning of October. Following a gentle pressing, fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures below 30°C. Temperature controlled maceration lasted for 11 days under temperature controlled conditions, which was followed immediately by malolactic fermentation, softening the final wine. The wine was matured for six months in stainless steel preserving the purity of fruit, followed by one month in bottle.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Tenuta Castiglioni, Castiglioni, Chianti 2018 - fiche technique

90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot.

A youthful and medium bodied wine with aromas of fresh red cherry fruit and a fresh, leafy finish. The nose is intensely fruity, with vibrant notes of cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry, complemented by floral and fragrant hints of violet. The wine is lively and round with a rich, fulfilling palate and long finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£13.75

Tenuta Castiglioni, Giramonte di Castiglioni, Frescobaldi, Toscana 2015 (1x75cl)

Tenuta di Castiglioni was the first estate cultivated by the Frescobaldi family, which has produced over 700 vintages. The family’s passion for wine in this area started in Castiglioni, along the road of the same name, which the ancient Romans built to link Rome to Tuscany. On the gentle hills of Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence, the combination of the terroir, the mild climate and the characteristic afternoon sea breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea is expressed in the Tenuta di Castiglioni wines which are structured, generous and show a rich, purity of fruit.

Tenuta Castiglioni is situated in the gentle hills of Val di Pesa. The richness of the weather and the terroir is expressed in the structure of the wines, due to the symbiosis between the soil, the mild climate and the afternoon breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The vines are grown in well drained, dry, and stony soils, which are poor in organic matter and have a clay and limestone content.

2015 will be remembered for the excellent health and perfect ripening of the grapes, two significant results of a particularly good season. Supported by the warm spring days and plentiful water reserves stored during the winter, the vines began to bud on the 3rd April. The scarce rainfall in May and June allowed the grapes to grow in a dry environment. Warm days in August and September encouraged a gradual ripening of the fruit with an excellent concentration of sugars and polyphenols.

The grapes were gently pressed, followed by fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 12 days. Maceration on the skins lasted for 25 days for the Merlot and 21 days for the Sangiovese. Malolactic fermentation took place in barriques immediately following alcoholic fermentation. The wine was aged for 16 months in new barriques, followed by six months in bottle.

Merlot 90%, Sangiovese 10%.

Giramonte delivers complex aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry fruits highlighted by delicate aromas of cinnamon and vanilla. Rounded on the palate, with savoury notes and refreshing streak which balances the dense, yet silky tannins. Persistent and harmonious with a layered finish.

ABV = 13.5%.

£87.55

Tenuta Castiglioni, Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni, Frescobaldi, Toscana 2017 (1x75cl)

Tenuta di Castiglioni was the first estate cultivated by the Frescobaldi family, which has produced over 700 vintages. The family’s passion for wine in this area started in Castiglioni, along the road of the same name, which the ancient Romans built to link Rome to Tuscany. On the gentle hills of Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence, the combination of the terroir, the mild climate and the characteristic afternoon sea breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea is expressed in the Tenuta di Castiglioni wines which are structured, generous and show a rich, purity of fruit.

Tenuta Castiglioni is situated in the gentle hills of Val di Pesa. The richness of the weather and the terroir is expressed in the structure of the wines, due to the symbiosis between the soil, the mild climate and the afternoon breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The grapes for this wine are grown in a vineyard where the soils are made up of calcareous clay which is rich in stone.

Following a particularly dry and mild winter, the 2016 growing season began a week earlier than the previous year. Spring began with cool, wet weather encouraging the accumulation of the water reserves necessary for the vines’ development. Temperatures increased in June and the summer was hot and dry lasting until the harvest; with the exception of a few isolated showers in August which brought much needed respite to the plants. The harvest season was particularly favourable with an extended period without rainfall and good diurnal temperature differences; ideal for the accumulation of polyphenols within the grapes.

Temperature controlled fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 30°C and lasted for 12 days, followed by a maceration on skins for four weeks, to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was matured in oak barriques for 12 months. The wine received a further two months bottle age, prior to release.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Tenuta Castiglioni, Tenuta Frescobaldi Di Castiglioni, Toscana 2017 - fiche technique

Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Sangiovese 10%.

The complex bouquet has a fruity attack, with notes reminiscent of blackberry and sour cherries, giving way to elegant hints of vanilla, tobacco and white pepper. Warm, soft and round on the palate, with ripe fruity notes that echo the nose, fine, intense tannins and a delicately spiced finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£20.05

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2000 (1x75cl)

Awarded 94 points by Decanter in their October 2016 vertical tasting of Sassicaia(s) (see blue link below).

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2000 - February 2019 Decanter review 

Within the estate of Tenuta San Guido, in the hills close to the Tuscan coast, between Livorno and Grosseto, are some beautiful, historical buildings, including the Castiglioncello di Bolgheri, a retreat which dates back to AD 780, and the Oratorio di San Guido, the 1803 church at the end of a classic Tuscan avenue of tall cypresses. However, it was in the early 20th century that even more historic foundations were established on the Tenuta San Guido estate.

When he acquired the property in the 1930s, the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta noted the similarity between the stony ground of his land, as well as the sea breezes coming in off the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the terroir of Graves. When planting began in the 1940s, he opted primarily for Cabernet Sauvignon, rather than the province’s dominant Sangiovese grape. For several decades, the Bordeaux-style wine produced from that Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Cabernet Franc, was a strictly private treat. But when, in 1968, Sassicaia wine was finally released to the world, it revolutionised Italian wine, creating a new genre: the Super-Tuscan. It was the Marchese’s son, Nicolò, who pushed for the move to commercial production, along with his cousin and nephew Piero Antinori (who also happened to be a member of a longer established winemaking family). They called on the expertise of the late Giacomo Tachis, who introduced innovations such as a switch to fermentation in steel but ageing en barrique. Soon, Sassicaia wine established the region’s reputation and led to the 1994 declaration of the DOC Bolgheri.

Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%.

To see Tenuta San Guido's excellent information and tasting sheet for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2000 - fiche technique

The Original Super Tuscan in the millenial vintage. Medium to full body. A dominance of rich red fruits is heightened by fine peppery spices.  Drinking well but will keep.

ABV = 13.5%

£240.00

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2011 (1x75cl)

Awarded 94 points by Decanter in their October 2016 vertical tasting of Sassicaia(s) (see blue link below).

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2011 - February 2019 Decanter review 

"2011 was a majestic Sassicaia vintage, truly comparable with 1988. It has all the best this wine can express starting with its bright and intense ruby color. The aromas are wrapping, elegant and classic with fruity and balsamic notes performing a duet in a delicious organoleptic counterpoint that in a way recalls certain Vivaldi compositions. The full flavor has extraordinary class with subtle and velvety tannins. The finish is extremely long." Daniele Cernilli

Within the estate of Tenuta San Guido, in the hills close to the Tuscan coast, between Livorno and Grosseto, are some beautiful, historical buildings, including the Castiglioncello di Bolgheri, a retreat which dates back to AD 780, and the Oratorio di San Guido, the 1803 church at the end of a classic Tuscan avenue of tall cypresses. However, it was in the early 20th century that even more historic foundations were established on the Tenuta San Guido estate.

When he acquired the property in the 1930s, the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta noted the similarity between the stony ground of his land, as well as the sea breezes coming in off the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the terroir of Graves. When planting began in the 1940s, he opted primarily for Cabernet Sauvignon, rather than the province’s dominant Sangiovese grape. For several decades, the Bordeaux-style wine produced from that Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Cabernet Franc, was a strictly private treat. But when, in 1968, Sassicaia wine was finally released to the world, it revolutionised Italian wine, creating a new genre: the Super-Tuscan. It was the Marchese’s son, Nicolò, who pushed for the move to commercial production, along with his cousin and nephew Piero Antinori (who also happened to be a member of a longer established winemaking family). They called on the expertise of the late Giacomo Tachis, who introduced innovations such as a switch to fermentation in steel but ageing en barrique. Soon, Sassicaia wine established the region’s reputation and led to the 1994 declaration of the DOC Bolgheri.

Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%.

To see Tenuta San Guido's excellent information and tasting sheet for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2011 - fiche technique

ABV = 13.5%

£150.00

Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (1x75cl)

The 2012 vintage was awarded a Platinum Medal and 95 points at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details)....

... and was also awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their panel tasting of 2012 Brunellos in August 2017 (see blue link below).

Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino 2012 - August 2017 Decanter review

Villa al Cortile is a 12-hectare boutique winery based in Tuscany, Italy focused on the production of Brunello di Montalcino wines, which are often regarded as the highest expression of Sangiovese grapes. Everything started back in the 1882 when Angiolo Piccini bought a 7-hectare vineyard in the Chianti Classico area. The historic Piccini winery was levelled to the ground during the second World War, but this did not stop the successful adventure. Nowadays Mario Piccini runs the Estate with a principle inherited from Angiolo Piccini, “It is not how much you do, but how much passion you put in doing it.” This idea is now a cornerstone of the Tenute Piccini philosophy. Driven by his passion for terroir expression wines, Mario Piccini decided to invest in this boutique winery to craft high quality wines. Elegance rather than power, big barrel ‘botti’ rather small barriques, to preserve the typical Sangiovese expression in relation to its territory of origin.

100% Sangiovese (being, as it is, a Brunello...)

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine, please click on the blue link below. 

Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino 2013 - fiche technique

ABV = 14.0%.

£31.50
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