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

Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
201490+ CELLARS, LOT 144 9.99
2016ANTONIO SANGUINETI11.99
2016BANFI SUPERIORE9.99
2016BARONE RICASOLI DEL BARONE DOCG16.99
2016FONTALEONI13.99
2016POGGIO VIGNOSO11.99
2015RUFFINO DOCG9.99
2015SELVAPIANA RUFINA DOCGWS-9017.99
2014STICCIANO DOCG12.99

Chianti Classico & Riserva
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2015BANFI CLASSICO13.99
2013BANFI CLASSICO RISERVA18.99
2015BARONE RICASOLI 15.99
2016CASTELLARE23.99
2015FELSINA BERARDENGAWA 90-9223.99
2013FRESCOBALDI NIPOZZANO RISERVAWA-9119.99
2015ISOLE e OLENAWA-9226.99
2013LAMOLE DI LAMOLE RISERVA GREY LABELWS-9127.99
2014MONSANTO RISERVAVINOUS-9423.99
2013NIPOZANO RISERVAWA-9119.99
2014RUFFINO RISERVA TAN LABEL25.99
2012RUFFINO RISERVA GOLD LABEL39.99
2016SAN FELICE17.99
2013SAN FELICE GRAN SELEZIONEWE-9549.99
2016VOLPAIA 21.99

Super Tuscan
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2016IL POGGIONE ROSSO DI MONTALCINO19.99
2008LUCEWA-90, WS-8989.99
2014LUCENTEWS-8929.99
2013MASTROJANNI SAN PIO, CAB/SANGIOVESE32.99
2006ORNELLAIAWA-97199.99
2012TOLAINI AL PASSOWS-8819.99
2011TOLAINI VALDISANTIWS-9129.99

Brunello Di Montalcino
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2013ARGIANOWA-93 WS-9359.99
2011CASTELLO BANFIWA-9179.99
2012CASTELLO BANFIWS-9379.99
2011MASTROJANNIWA-93 , WS-9067.99
2012CARPARZOWS-9244.99
2012CAPRILI BRUNELLOWS-9449.99
2010COLOMBINI DONATELLA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO RISERVAWA-95 , WS-97129.99VERY LIMITED!
2013COLOMBINI DONATELLA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINOWA-9267.99
2008COLOMBINI PRIMA DONNAWS-9173.99
2012LA SERENA WS-96, WA-93+47.99
2012LE POTAZZINEWA-96+69.99
2012POGGIOM SALVI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINOWE-9237.99
2013SAN FELICE CAMPOGIOVANNIWS-93, WA-9364.99

Other Tuscan Reds
Year
Producer
Rating
Price
Special
2014ALTESINO ROSSO WS-8819.99
2015ANTINORI SANTA CRISTINA SANGIOVESE9.99
2013ANTINORI VILLA REDWS-8918.99
2014AVIGNONESI VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANOWA-91 , WS-9029.99
2013BOLLA VERONESE ROSSO7.99
2017BOCELLI SANGIOVESE IGT15.99
2011BRANCAIA ILATRAIAWS-92 , WA-9254.99
2015CARPINETO DOGAJOLO14.99
2013COLOMBERA & GARELLA COSTE DELLA SESIA, ROSSO24.99
2014COLOMBINI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO27.99
2016DEI ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO16.99
2016DI MAJO NORANTE SANGIOVESE IGT10.99
2015DONNA LAURA SANGIOVESE9.99
2016LA MORA MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG18.99
2015MASTROJANNI " SAN PIO" CAB/SANGIOVESE IGT32.99
2011MONTE ANTICO11.99
2014MONTEPELOSO "A QUO" RED BLEND IGT26.99
2016RUFFINO IL DUCALE IGT17.99
2015SAN FILIPPO ROSSO DI MONTALCINO LA SCORNO24.9919.99
2012TIBERINI VINO NOBILO DI MONTEPULCIANO24.9917.99