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Crociani Vin Santo 2011

Crociani, DOC Vin Santo di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 See my Vin Santo entry for details of the typical production process. This wine: lot No. L6.129.375 (on back label), unspecified white blend, but may include grechetto, malvasia, and trebbiano; coated natural cork … Continue reading

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Scopetone Brunello 2013

Podere Scopetone, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2013 On DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, and coterminous appellations (wide-ranging sources, extracted from my notes) The DOCG, established in 1980, produces from varietal sangiovese (in purezza), what likes to be known as … Continue reading

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Ricasoli C. Brolio Chianti 2010

Barone Ricasole, Castello di Brolio, Gran Selezione, DOCG Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2010 On Chianti Classico DOCG The Chianti Classico DOCG area is a smallish region, geographically within, but separate from, the vast Chianti DOCG area.  Up to 20% indigenous … Continue reading

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Ricasoli Guicciarda Chianti 2011

Barone Ricasoli, Rocca Guicciarda, DOCG Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 Chianti Classico, and ageing regulations There are 3 qualities under Classico – entry level rosso or normale, riserva, and gran selezione (from the 2010 vintage).  Minimum alcohol rises at … Continue reading

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Bibbiano Chianti Classico 2012

Bibbiano, Di Fattoria, DOCG Chianti Classico, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2012 This wine: possibly varietal sangiovese, but may include up to 20% of canaiolo, coloroni and approved international varieties, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, The Co-operative, £10 … Continue reading

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Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2013

Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Il Bruciato, DOC Bolgheri, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy, 2013 This wine: a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, with syrah; fermented in stainless steel, aged for 7 months in wood, natural cork closure, Oakham Wines, £25 (01/17) … Continue reading

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Verbena B.di Montalcino 2009

Verbena, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2009 Brunello is a clone of sangiovese grosso, ideally suited to the Montalcino terroir, which is warmer, drier and more elevated (so cooler nights) than the Chianti Classico and Chianti regions, so higher … Continue reading

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Santa Cristina Vin Santo 2009

Santa Cristina, DOC Vin Santo della Valdichiana, Tuscany, Italy, 2009. See my Vin Santo entry for details of the typical production process. This wine: a blend of trebbiano toscano and malvasia, fully ripe grapes dried for 5 months, then gently pressed, the … Continue reading

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BBR Chianti Classico 2011

Berry Bros & Rudd, DOCG Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 This wine: made by Badia a Coltibuono for BBR, sangiovese dominant plus 10% of canaiolo, colorino and cilliegiolo, 12 months in 20hl oak barrels; Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, BBR … Continue reading

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Grillesino Morellino di Scansano Italia 2013

Grillesino, DOCG Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy, 2013 This DOCG lies 40kms to the southeast of upmarket Bolgheri, lacking the latter’s recognition, demand and pricing, and so representing good affordable quality. Scansano is just 20kms from the Tyrrhenian Sea, so the … Continue reading

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