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Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is Italy’s best-known wine region and its most diverse. Historically Sangiovese was the primary grape grown in Tuscany and Chianti was considered the purest expression of Sangiovese. Sangiovese and its many clones are still important, and they are the grapes used for the Tuscan appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Carmignano. But in the last 50 years innovative producers, many of them in southwestern Tuscany in the area called Maremma, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The tradition defying producers have blended those varietals with Sangiovese to produce dazzling wines that do not conform to Italy’s appellation regulations. Such wines are called Super Tuscans and cannot be labeled with either of Italy’s highest level quality designations, which are in order of status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantia, (DOCG), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata, (DOC). (This has not at all hindered the demand for Super Tuscans, some of which are consistently among the world’s most admired and well-reviewed wines.) Tuscany has six DOCG appellations and thirty-four DOCs. Though famous for its red wines, Tuscany also produces whites made primarily from Trebbiano and Vernaccia.
There are also many Tuscan Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s many newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.

2015 Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado Al Tasso IL Bruciato

1.5ltr

1997 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case, 1.5ltr

WS  95   
RP  93   
VN  93   
JR  17.5   
GR  2 Bicchieri   

2007 Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

1.5ltr

WA  96   
WS  95   

2010 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino

1.5ltr

VN  97   
WE  96   
WS  94   
JR  17   
2 available
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2010 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione

1-bottle Lot, Plastic Case, 3.0ltr

WS  95   
JS  93   
WA  92   
VN  91   
JR  17+    
WS  #6 of 2014   

2006 Querciabella Chianti Classico

1.5ltr

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

WA  91   
WS  91   
WS  #81 of 2008   
6 available
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2017 Orma Bolgheri Rosso Passi di Orma

1.5ltr

VN  91   
JS  91   
WA  90   
WE  90   

2015 Rocca di Montegrossi Ridolfo

1.5ltr

Signed bottle

WS  95