Tag: Toscana IGT

Villa Antinori Toscana IGT 2014

Antinori’s Villa Antinori (red) is a very reliable wine, although I haven’t tasted it for years – the last vintage I reviewed was the 2006 vintage back in 2010.  It was an interesting wine to taste blind. Neither quite fitting the profile of a Chianti Classico (the acidity and tannins were not firm enough) nor Bordeaux (the colour was insufficiently saturated and the tannins were not “cabernet” enough), it nonetheless had some characters of both. It proved to be a Toscana IGT, which in 2014 for Antinori’s Villa Antinori, is a sangiovese dominant blend, supplemented by cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. The wine opens to restrained and savoury aromas with meaty, animal overtones. More or less medium bodied, there’s a smokey, struck match character from the oak and a general easy going character. Overall, this is a balanced, pleasant wine that finishes well. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $20s.

Brancaia TRE Rosso Toscana 2011

This is quite a good Toscana IGT produced by Brancaia in Tuscany.  Despite its ultra modern label, in the bottle, the wine in fact resembles a more classic interpretation of the region and is reasonably serious in intent.  It’s a blend of sangiovese (80%), merlot and cabernet sauvignon (together 20% of the blend), although it is the former that is most prominent on tasting.  The wine has quite savoury aromatics of sour cherry and plum.  The palate is a structured expression of sour cherry and earth which achieves a balance with its high acidity and chalky tannins deftly softened by its blending companions.  Overall, this is a good wine that is ready to drink now and over the next 5 years.

Abv: 13.5%, Price: $20s, Vendors: www.wine-searcher.com, Website: http://www.brancaia.com/en/brancaia-winery-wines/, Tasted: 2014

Villa Puccini Toscana 2010

This is one of those wines that reminds of a biscuit label I saw in France, which described its nutritional content as if it were eaten with an apple.  Remarkable.  On its own, this wine tastes incomplete.  But with a salty burger, it is suddenly of interest.  The blend is not stated, but is presumably a combination of sangiovese and merlot.  It has aromatics of plum skins, florals, chalk and cherries.  The palate has short length and the aromatics feature on the palate too.  With food, it has a moreish savouriness that warrants drinking.

Rating: Acceptable to Good, Abv: 12.5%, Price: $20s, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: n/a, Tasted: 2014

Vecchie Terre di Montefili Montefili Rosso 2010

Form an orderly queue for this wine … !  It’s exactly what I’m looking for in an IGT Toscana.  There are attractive aromatics of plums, tar, florals and earth.  It’s the palate though that sings.  There’s some unexpectedly long length, mouth filling depth of flavour and earthy, plummy characters.  It also has some lovely textural tannins that are full of ripe and chalky extract.  For the price, this a pretty high quality offering.

Rating: Good to Very Good, Abv: 13%, Price: $20, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.vecchieterredimontefili.it, Tasted: 2014

Santa Cristina Toscana IGT 2010

This wine is a blend of sangiovese, cabernet, merlot and syrah.  While not unpleasant, its convincing attributes were few.  Aromatically, it speaks of raspberries, redcurrants and leather.  On the palate, it is a balanced wine, but tastes somewhat hollowed out.  It has short length and redcurrant flavours.  Suitable for immediate drinking, this is an acceptable no frills style of wine that reminds of an AOC Bordeaux or a South-Eastern Australian commercial blend.  Acceptable

Abv: 13%
Price: $18
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.santacristina1946.it
Tasted: 2013
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Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT 2006

Sure, it’s fashionable to drink wine made from obscure grape varieties from Italy, rather than cabernet sauvignon.  But what if doing so meant that you missed out on some extremely good wines?  Like this one …

The wine has rich aromatics of anise, earth and cassis.  Long length, chalky tannins, cassis, tobacco leaf and a combination of length and structure on the palate make this wine compelling drinking and extremely good value at around $30.  This is on my “must buy more” list.  Very Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $29.99
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.carpineto.com
Tasted: 2013
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Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana IGT 2003

I feel somewhat conflicted here pointing out the virtues of this wine, since if I find it again, I would like to pay $10 for it again.  From the very hot year of 2003, it’s a blend of sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.  At nine years of age for a humble $10 Toscana IGT, it presents as brooding, ripe and savoury, with notes on the palate of tar, twigs, a little bitter but not too much so, coupled with a chewy texture and good length.  This is nearly a “wow” wine.  Highly recommended and the sort of wine that you would pay a whole lot more for.  Is it right that hot year wines fall apart?  I’m not so sure.  Very Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $10
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.ornellaia.com
Tasted: 2012

Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana IGT 2007

This wine is a blend of 51% sangiovese, 34% merlot and 15% cabernet sauvignon.  It has a very powerful, overt aroma of ripe liqueur cherries and sweet currants, to the point where it is almost candied.  The palate has good length.  Clearly this is a good wine and tastes good; I just found the aroma a little off-putting.  It may stabilise in time.  84 to 85 points.

Abv: 13.5%
Price: mid $30s
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Probably not
Website: http://www.ornellaia.com/

Villa Antinori Toscana IGT 2006

This is another label that captivated me with an earlier vintage (specifically, the superb 2003).  The 2003 was so good that I still eagerly await the annual release of this wine, but while the wines are always solid, the earlier magic so far has not been repeated.  The 2006 had an aroma of cherries, and a dusty savoury note, while the palate showed racy acidity and a bit of length.  A good wine, if a bit safe.  Rating: Good.  Abv: 13.5%.  Price: $30