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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 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia

JS  98   
WA  97   
WS  97   
VN  95   
JR  17+    
WS  #1 of 2018   
2 available
Bid *

1997 Marchesi Antinori Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne

WS  97   
RP  90   
ST  90   
JR  17.5   
WS  #7 of 2002   
2 available
Bid

1990 Marchesi Antinori Solaia

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill; light label condition issue

WS  95   
RP  94   
MB  ****/*   

1995 Marchesi Antinori Solaia

Base neck fill; light label condition issue

WS  90   

2015 Marchesi Antinori Solaia

Light label condition issue

WA  100   
JS  100   
3 available
Bid *

2017 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

WA  96   
JS  96   
VN  95+    
WS  93   
JR  16+    

2017 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove

WS  93   
VN  92   
WE  90   
JR  16   
12 available
Bid *

1996 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

Capsule condition issue; label condition issue

WS  94   
GR  2 Bicchieri   

2010 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

GR  3 Bicchieri   
VN  98   
WA  97+    
JS  95   
WS  94   
JR  18   

2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

WA  96   
JS  95   
WS  94   
VN  91+    
4 available
Bid *

2016 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

JS  99   
WA  97+    
VN  96   
JR  18+    
29 available
Bid *

1994 Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Case Basse Riserva

Light label condition issue

RP  90   

2006 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

JS  97   
WA  95   
WS  95   
3 available
Bid

2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

JS  93   
6 available
Bid *

2007 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

WA  95+    
WS  92   
VN  91   
6 available
Bid *

2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo

VN  96+    
JS  95   
WA  94   
WE  93   
WS  92   
2 available
Bid *

1995 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva

WS  90   
2 available
Bid *

1990 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

WS  93   
WS  #49 of 1995   

2015 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

12 available
Bid *

2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Light label condition issue

JS  95   
WA  94   
WS  92   
WE  92   
JD  91   

1997 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; light signs of past seepage; very top shoulder fill

WS  96   
VN  95   

1988 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all'Oro Riserva

Very top shoulder fill

WS  90   

1990 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill; light label condition issue

4 available
Bid

1997 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino

ST  93   
4 available
Bid *

2012 Biondi-Santi Tenuta Il Greppo Brunello di Montalcino

WE  96   
VN  94   
WA  90   
JR  17