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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…Continue readingVilla Antinori Toscana IGT 2014

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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…Continue readingBrancaia TRE Rosso Toscana 2011

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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…Continue readingVilla Puccini Toscana 2010

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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…Continue readingVecchie Terre di Montefili Montefili Rosso 2010

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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…Continue readingSanta Cristina Toscana IGT 2010

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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…Continue readingCarpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana IGT 2006

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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…Continue readingOrnellaia Le Volte Toscana IGT 2003