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
201790+ CELLARS, LOT 144 10.99
2018ANTONIO SANGUINETI11.99
2015RUFFINO DOCG9.99
2018SAN GIOVANNI9.99

Chianti Classico & Riserva
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
2019BANFI CHIANTI CLASSICO15.99
2017BANFI CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA19.99
2020CASTELLARE di CASTELLINA CHIANTI CLASSICO24.99
2019FELSINA BERARDENGA CHIANTI CLASSICOWA-9125.99
2017FELSINA CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, RANCIA WA-9459.99
2019FRECOBALDI CASTIGLIONI CHIANTI12.99
2017FRESCOBALDI NIPOZZANO RISERVA18.99
2019ISOLE E OLENA CHIANTI CLASSICO29.99
2017MONSANTO RISERVAWS-9126.99
2019 PRINCIPE CORSINI CHIANTI CLASSICO19.99
2018RUFFINO RISERVA TAN LABEL25.99
2016RUFFINO RISERVA GOLD LABEL GRAND SELEZIONE39.99
2019SAN FELICE CHIANTI CLASSICO16.99
2015SAN FELICE GRAN SELEZIONEWA-9349.99
2014/2015SAN FELICE IL GRIGIO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVAWS-9225.99
2019VOLPAIA WS-9024.99

Super Tuscan
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
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
2017TOLAINI AL PASOWA-9119.99
2015TOLAINI VALDISANTIWA-9229.99
2016TOLAINI VALDISANTIWA-9429.99

Brunello Di Montalcino
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
2016ALTESINOWA-95+, WS-9569.99
2015ARGIANOWA-9159.99
2016CAMIGLIANOWA-9349.99
2017CASANOVA DI NERIWA 94+, WS-9369.99
2012CASTELLO BANFIWS-9379.99
2013CASTELLO BANFIWA 91+ WS-9179.9959.99
2015CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D'ARAGONAWA-9669.9949.99
2016MASTROJANNIWS-9269.99
2016CARPAZOWS-9649.99
2013COLOMBINI DONATELLA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINOWA-9269.99
2015FULIGNIWS-93109.99
2015GAJA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO ,PIEVE SANTA RESTITUTA99.99
2012LA SERENA WS-96, WA-93+47.99
2014LE CHIUSEWE-95 , WA 93+79.99
2010MANAPETRAWA-93+49.9939.99
2015 POGGIO ANTICOWA-9569.99
2016VENTOLAIO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO59.99

Other Tuscan Reds
YearProducerRatingPriceSpecial
2018
ALTESINO ROSSO DI MONTALCINOV-9024.99
2018ANTINORI VILLA RED19.99
2018ANTINORI SANTA CRISTINA ROSSO TOSCANA10.99
2018ARGIANO NON CONFUNDITUR, ROSSO TOSCANO19.99
2019BOCELLI SANGIOVESE IGT14.99
2018BRANCAIA TREJS-9019.99
2019CARPINETO DOGAJOLO13.99
2019CASANOVA DI NERI IRROSSO23.99
2016CECCHI LA MORA MORELLINO DI SCANSANO, SANGIOVESE17.99
2020DONNA LAURA, ALI, SANGIOVESE11.99
2018IL POGGIONE ROSSO DI MONTALCINO23.99
2018IL POGGIONE TOSCANA ROSSO15.99
2018LUCENTEV-9124.99
2016MONSANTO MONROSSO REDWS-9215.99
2015MONTE ANTICO TOSCANA10.99
2017RUFFINO MODUSWA-9125.99
2018SAN POLO ROSSO DI MONTALCINOWA-90+32.99
2018TOLAINI LEGIT CABERNET SAUVIGNONWS-9444.99
2016VAL DELLE ROSE AURELIO TOSCANA ROSSO29.99
2016VITIANO ROSSO9.99