Tuscany

Florence’s region has shifted its stance in the last couple of decades from a complacent supplier of flask Chianti to the nation’s most creative producer of premium wines. Tuscany’s revolution began in Chianti and the central hills around Siena but quickly spread to take in the coastal zones that were not previously noted for vineyards.

Much of the progress has come with classical reds, as illustrated by the fact that four of Italy’s nine DOCGs are here – Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Carmignano. But growing success with other reds (including the stylish table wines sometimes called “Super Tuscans”) and a new breed of whites has enhanced the region’s reputation.

Chianti, still the dominant force in Tuscan viniculture, has ranked as the most Italian of wines for decades. This is partly because it is the most voluminous and widely sold classified wine, but also because it has a personality that cannot be pinned do cover a vast territory of central Tuscany. In these often rugged hills variations in soil and climate contribute as much to the individuality of each authentic estate wine as do producers’ quests for a personal style. These variations may be confusing, but for consumers who persist Chianti offers some of the best quality for value in wine today.

Since Chianti was elevated to DOCG in 1984,its production has sharply diminished and its quality has markedly improved. Chianti may be identified by its subdistricts, though only producers of Classico – whose consortium is symbolized by a black rooster – have made much of a geographical point so far. Many estates emphasize the name of a certain vineyard or area as a mark of distinction.

What Chianti has in common with all the classified red wines of Tuscany is its major grape variety Sangiovese. In the past varieties were often blended, but today the emphasis is strongly on Sangiovese. When the habitat is right, its superior clones – Montalcino’s Brunello, Chianti’s Sangioveto and Montepulciano’s Prugnolo Gentile – must be ranked with Italy’s, and the world’s noblest vines.

Chianti

YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
201590+ CELLARS, LOT 144 9.99
2018ANTONIO SANGUINETI11.99
2015RUFFINO DOCG9.99
2017SANTA CATERINA9.99

Chianti Classico & Riserva
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
2017BANFI CHIANTI CLASSICO16.99
2014BANFI CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA19.99
2018CASTELLARE di CASTELLINA CHIANTI CLASSICOWS-9024.99
2018FELSINA BERARDENGA CHIANTI CLASSICOWA-91; V-9225.99
2017FELSINA CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, RANCIA WA-9459.99
2016FRECOBALDI CASTIGLIONI CHIANTI14.99
2016FRESCOBALDI NIPOZZANO RISERVAWA-9218.99
2016MONSANTO RISERVAWS-94 , WA-9329.99
2017MONSANTO RISERVAWS-9129.99
2016RUFFINO RISERVA TAN LABEL26.99
2015RUFFINO RISERVA GOLD LABEL GRAND SELEZIONEWS-9139.99
2018SAN FELICE CHIANTI CLASSICO17.99
2015SAN FELICE GRAN SELEZIONEWA-9349.99
2014/2015SAN FELICE IL GRIGIO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVAWS-9225.99
2017TENUTA DI ARCENO CHIANTI CLASSICOWA-9019.99
2017VOLPAIA WE-9121.99

Super Tuscan
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
2015ANTINORI TIGNANELLOWS-97, WS-96,JS-98129.99
2017GAJA MARCANDA PROMISJS-9349.99
2018LE VOLTE DELL' ORNELLAIA29.9924.99
2016MASTROJANNI SAN PIO, CAB/SANGIOVESE32.99
2017SASSICAIAWS-95 , WA-94249.99
2015SASSOALLORO, BIONDI SANTIWA-9039.99
2016TOLAINI AL PASSOWS-92; WA-9219.99
2015TOLAINI VALDISANTIWA-9229.99

Brunello Di Montalcino
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
2015ALTESINOWA-9559.99
2015ARGIANOWA-9159.99
2014ARMILLA49.99
2012CASTELLO BANFIWS-9379.99
2013CASTELLO BANFIWA 91+ WS-9179.99
2015CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D'ARAGONAWA-9669.9949.99
2013/2015MASTROJANNIWA-92 WS-9267.99
2014/2015CARPAZOWS-93 , WA-93, WE-9249.99
2013COLOMBINI DONATELLA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINOWA-9269.99
2015FULIGNIWS-93109.99
2012LA SERENA WS-96, WA-93+47.99
2014LE CHIUSEWE-95 , WA 93+79.99

Other Tuscan Reds
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
2018
ALTESINO ROSSO DI MONTALCINOV-9024.99
2015ANTINORI VILLA REDWS-8819.99
2018ANTINORI SANTA CRISTINA ROSSO TOSCANA10.99
2017ARGIANO NON CONFUNDITUR, ROSSO TOSCANOJS-9319.99
2018BOCELLI SANGIOVESE IGT14.99
2011BRANCAIA ILATRAIAWS-92 , WA-9254.99
2016CAMPOGIOVANNI ROSSO25.99
2018CARPINETO DOGAJOLO13.99
2016CECCHI LA MORA MORELLINO DI SCANSANO, SANGIOVESE17.99
2019DONNA LAURA, ALI, SANGIOVESE11.99
2017IL POGGIONE ROSSO DI MONTALCINO27.99
2018IL POGGIONE TOSCANA ROSSO15.99
2016MONSANTO MONROSSO REDWS-9215.99
2015MONTE ANTICO TOSCANA10.99
2016RUFFINO MODUS26.99
2016SAN FELICE CAMPOGIOVANNI ROSSO DI MONTALCINOWS-9023.99
2013TOLAINI LEGIT CABERNET SAUVIGNONWS-9444.99
2016TOLAINI LEGIT CABERNET SAUVIGNONWS-95, WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 202044.99
2016VAL DELLE ROSE AURELIO TOSCANA ROSSO29.99
2016VITIANO ROSSO9.99