Intense ruby red, with purple hues. The great structure and body of this wine are the typical expression of the Bolgheri area. At the nose the varietal notes of Cabernet Sauvignon come out, enveloped by the fruity and warmer ones of Merlot, in a perfect harmony.
Tuscany is famous all over the world for its breathtaking landscape beauty, for the immense artistic heritage of its wonderful cities of art, for the small villages that have remained suspended over time.
But it is also famous for its great food and wine tradition , full of iconic products exported all over the world.
Although in this region there is no lack of examples of excellent white wines - the Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first Italian DOC - Tuscany is famous above all for its great red wines , often at the top of the world rankings drawn up by the most important magazines in the sector.
So let's try to put order in the boundless territory of Tuscan red wines by talking about the denominations most important for history , the most famous and those in able to produce best Tuscan red wines.
Chianti DOCG and Chianti Classico DOCG
One cannot but think of Tuscany without thinking of Chianti . Al Chianti as an area, as a historical sub-region whose origins date back to the Middle Ages. An area recognized for its great enological vocation since the late Renaissance, so much so that the first draft of a specification on the production of Italian wine dates back to this period.
I Chianti wines are wines of character like its territory, and like its territory they have two faces: that of the rugged rocks of Galestro del Macigno Chianti and the thick woods, comparable with a poetic license to the biting tannins of young Sangiovese; the other side is that of the rolling hills, the icon of Tuscany, as gentle as the king of Tuscan vines when it has been appropriately aged.
The disciplinary provides that Chianti can be produced with Sangiovese in purity or in a blend with native vines such as Colorino, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo and Mammolo and other permitted vines.
In Chianti you can appreciate young red wines , recognizable by the typical fragrant perfume of violet such as Chianti vintage, but also more important wines such as Chianti Riserva and the Chianti Gran Selezione, a type recently introduced to produce wines of greater structure as we have in Montalcino for example.
The ideal pairing is with roast meat or large stews of traditional Tuscan game, but also aged cheeses go very well, especially with the Riserva.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Again Sangiovese (clone known as Sangiovese Grosso), this time in purity to be regulated, for this reason it is one of the most important wine appellations of Tuscany.
Here we produce one of the greatest Italian wines , Brunello di Montalcino, a long-aged wine (2 years in cask + 4 months in bottle for the base and 3 years in cask + 6 months in bottle for the Riserva).
A wine of great structure and longevity , destined to age in the cellar for a long time, giving great complexity to the opening. For the combination, the indications of Chianti roughly apply, considering however that here we start with a more important structure.
It is worth mentioning that there is also an interesting relapse DOC, Rosso di Montalcino DOC .
Regarding the best combinations with Brunello di Montalcino, what has been said for Chianti is valid, considering however that here we start with a more important structure. So long-cooked meats, but also very aged cheeses.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Another historical Tuscan denomination of great importance, that of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG has suffered from the intense and valiant competition of nearby Montalcino and Chianti, with which it almost borders.
The great wine vocation of this area is testified by the archaeological finds found here but also by the attestations of kings and popes over the centuries who appreciated its kindness.
Sangiovese (called here Prugnolo gentile) is still the main vine of this appellation, vinified alone or in a blend like Chianti together with the autochthonous Colorino, Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo, or the international Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot .. and others grape varieties allowed.
The specification includes two types: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG vintage and Riserva. Do not forget the Rosso di Montepulciano DOC relapse DOC.
On the best combinations with Nobile di Montepulciano we can consider the things said for Chianti and Brunello, considering that usually in terms of intensity and structure we are in the middle of the two.
Bolgheri DOC and Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC
Probably the most famous, the most awarded and alas the most counterfeit of Tuscan wines, Sassicaia has become such an important wine that it has established a specific DOC after dominating global rankings as an IGT wine for years. Sassicaia paved the way for the fortune of this area of coastal Tuscany, which starting from Castagneto Carducci includes various municipalities in the area.
Bolgheri has made known and appreciated the Tuscan Bordeaux cuts, the so-called Super Tuscans, to the great Italian and also international public (even if the term was used for a pure Sangiovese for the first time). Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, therefore, but Bolgheri has also been able to enhance the wines of another important French wine region, the Rhone Valley: Syrah and Viogner above all.
This is the area where some of the most famous Tuscan wines are produced: Sassicaia in fact, but also Masseto, Ornellaia, Messorio, Grattamacco and many others.
Morellino di Scansano DOCG
Another denomination with the sea in front, but with an ancient volcano behind it, that of Morellino di Scansano in recent years has become one of the most popular among those of Tuscan red wines. Its lightness, the sapidity brought by the sea, the minerality of the soils, the soft tannins, make it an extremely drinkable and not demanding wine, meeting the taste of all palates.
Also for this DOCG the disciplinary provides for two types: Morellino di Scansano DOCG vintage and Riserva.
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With this wine, we seek to maintain the ties with Tuscan tradition, hence the typical natural straw flask in its 500ml version. Intense ruby red colour, this Chianti Classico is made with Sangiovese grapes and displays elegant aromas with notes of violet and hints of ripe fruit. Full, harmonious flavour with soft, velvety tannin and a persisent finish.
Chianti Pontormo displays an intense and bright ruby red colour with violet hues. Made with Sangiovese grapes, it has an intense and fruity aroma with floral notes. It has a pleasant, fresh and well-balanced flavour with good persistence.
Very intense ruby red colour, sharp fragrance with forest fruit aromas well integrated with spicy notes and an elegant hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, perfectly structured flavour, balanced and harmonious wine with a persistent aftertaste.
Intense ruby red colour. Bouquet with strong aromas of forest fruits well combined with toasted notes of vanilla and spices. The flavour displays perfect harmony with significant sweet tannins that give it a velvety flavour with considerable fullness of body.
The Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Bibbione is made from a selection of the best Sangiovese grapes of Castello di Bibbione. Intense ruby red colour, lively aroma with hints of ripe fruit and vanilla. A noble, full-bodied, deep and velvelty wine.
From the Sangiovese grapes of the hills of the Maremma hinterland, used for vineyards since the dawn of their cultivation. This Morellino di Scansano displays an intense ruby red colour, with a fresh and fragrant aroma with pleasant notes of red berried fruit. A soft, well-rounded wine, rich with sweet tannins.
Selection of Sangiovese and Merlot from a single Castello di Bibbione vineyard. Vineyard exposure west /south west – 200 m above sea level. Very intense, bright, ruby red colour. Deep, intense fragrance with broad bouquet and notes of ripe forest fruits and vanilla. Sapid, balanced flavour with tannins in harmony with the essences of wood, persistent.
Ruby red color very intense. The scent is elegant, with a nuance of violets and a flavor of ripe fruit. Tasty, well balanced wine with soft and velvety tannins, good persistence.
Intense and bright ruby red colour. Complex and deep fragrance with ripe fruit aroma in perfect harmony with spicy notes. Elegant and balanced flavour, rich with noble tannins that work easily with the essences of wood.
Intense color of rare depth and finesse. Its aromas and taste are magnificently elegant and powerful at the same time, with notes of red fruit, cherry, black cherry, currant and raspberry. The wood of the barrique does not cover but enhances the fruit. On the palate it is full, round, generous, with excellent tannins.
Sangiovese selection from the Panzano area, famous since time immemorial for the quality of its wines. South of the village, the hills slope down to form what has for centuries been known as the “Conca d’Oro” (Golden Basin). The medium-high altitude (300-450 m above sea level), together with the exceptional exposure to the sun and the land particularly rich in clay and limestone, create the conditions for the finest quality winegrowing. Very intense ruby red in colour. It has an intense and complex aroma with notes of violet and hints of spices. Full-bodied, sapid flavour with elegant and velvety tannins.
Selezione di Sangiovese dell’area di Lamole, vigneti coltivati a 500-550 m s.l.m. Dalle viti di Lamole, piantate fra i macigni di aspri pendii, prevalentemente ad “Alberello”, si ottiene un vino che si presenta con un colore rosso rubino intenso. Al naso, è fresco ed intenso con sentori di mammola e giaggiolo. Dal gusto vinoso da giovane, robusto, pieno ed asciutto, che diventa vellutato, sapido e persistente con la maturazione nelle botti di pregiato rovere di Slavonia.