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San Filippo Lo Scorno Rosso di Montalcino 2017

This sangiovese, a Rosso di Montalcino, has aromas of earth, cherry and a slight funkiness.  The palate is full bodied and approachable now.  Overall, this presented as a modest if pleasant wine, certainly with no angles, but I expected more depth and complexity at this price.   Rating: Acceptable.  Price: $50s. Abv: NA. Website: https://www.sanfilippomontalcino.com/estate.html. Reviewed: May 2020.

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Felsina Chianti Classico 2017

This is an orthodox expression of Chianti Classico that would be a good choice for a blinding tasting.  It has a refined aroma of licorice and earth.  The palate has high acidity, medium tannins and medium length.  Perhaps lacking some stuffing, but elegant and pleasant.  Ready to drink now and over the next 5 years.  Rating: Good.  Abv: NA.  Price: $35.  Website: https://www.felsina.it/en/.  Reviewed: May 2020.

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Via Rotella Toscana Sangiovese 2018

This is a pleasant, moreish Tuscan sangiovese with aromas of licorice. The palate is medium bodied and the tannins medium-high. Overall, this wine is not an intense expression of sangiovese and is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5. Price: $20. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.

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Parri Vermentino Toscana 2017

This is a rather deliciously drinkable vermintino from Tuscany. It has a saline aroma. Its palate is full bodied and has a fresh minerally acidity that cuts through and supports it. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 13. Price: $18. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.

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Camporsino Chianti 2018

This is a typical basic Chianti from Camporsino. It opens to an earthy aroma. The palate has firm acidity, chalky tannins and is balanced. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5. Price: $23. Website: http://www.principecorsini.com. Reviewed: April 2020.

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Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2017

This is quite a youthful and restrained Chianti Classico from Castellare di Castellina and the 2017 vintage. It has aromas of redcurrants, red fruits and firm tannins. This wine will suit another 3-5 years in bottle before approaching it or a long decant. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Website: http://www.castellare.it. Reviewed: January 2020.

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Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017

This is a good wine at a fair price. Lightly coloured in the glass, the 2017 vintage of Antinori’s Peppoli Chianti Classico has typical sangiovese aromas of sour cherry and licorice. The palate has firm tannins and good length. This wine can be approached now, but will suit a couple of years in the cellar. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $27. Website: https://www.antinori.it/en/. Reviewed: October 2019.

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Cecchi Chianti 2016

This is a good value Chianti at $19. It has typical sangiovese aromas of sour cherry and earth, and a palate with fresh acidity, firm but not hard tannins, and little evident oak influence. Ready to drink now, this wine can be approached over the next few years. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $19. Website: https://www.cecchi.net/en.

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Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana 2015

Villa Antinori’s Toscano Rosso continues to be a great value wine.  The 2015 vintage is quite the blend, featuring sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, syrah and merlot.  Yet it retains a sense of place, and is identifiably Italian in style in the glass.  The 2015 vintage is deeply coloured in the glass, with aromas of earth, blackcurrant and cedar.  The palate is savoury and has good balance and length. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $20+. Website: www.antinori.it

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Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2013

This is a very serious Bolgheri cabernet blend from Grattamacco in Tuscany.  Organically grown, it’s a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 10% sangiovese.   In the glass, it is a hypothetical cross between a Napa Valley cabernet and a Bordeaux from an outstanding year.  In terms of aroma, there’s plenty of new oak and cassis.  The palate has saturated flavours of blackcurrant and bay leaf and is supplemented by firm tannins.  This wine is an outstanding example of a Tuscan cabernet blend and is but a baby tasted in 2018.  It will benefit, I expect, from at least a decade in the cellar.  Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 14.0%. Price: $100+.