• Tuscany Takeover on 4/7

    Saturday at 3pm
    For the next few Saturday's our focus will be wines from Tuscany. I know most people only think of a few wines when it comes to Tuscany but there are numerous little micro regions within that really need looking over and checking out...so we'll do just that!

    This Saturday we'll be ripping into these beauties...

    2015 Aia Vecchia, Sor Ugo - in the glass, the wine shows colors of red garnet accompanied by a bouquet of cherries, menthol and a hint of rosemary. On the palate, the wine is round and rich without being overpowering. It is spicy on the mid-palate and lively on the back-end, with flavors of black current, licorice and coffee, followed by a long-lasting finish that is slightly minty and boasts a juicy mouth-watering sensation.

    2013 Tua Rita, Toscana Perlato del Bosco - The 2013 Perlato del Bosco is a pure Sangiovese from a vineyard located just beyond the property's main house. This is Tua Rita's biggest seller when it comes to the USA market and with good reason. It shows a unique identity with bright berry nuances backed by tangy spice, candied orange peel and blue flower. I'm also told that this is the most difficult wine to make. Sangiovese is a difficult grape to manage and special root stocks (33-19) were selected to delay ripening in order to produce smaller and more flavorful clusters. This in itself is a risky proposition because the chances of bad weather increase the longer you wait before harvest. The wine sees eight months in neutral barrique. The bouquet shows a floral component with rose petal and lavender. In the mouth, it offers amazing potential and fullness. This is an amazing value-buy.

    2013 Rocca di Frassinello, Maremma Toscana Le Sughere - Deep ruby red. Le Sughere di Frassinello bursts from the glass with an exciting melange of sweet red cherries, herbs, licorice and tobacco. It shows lovely mid-palate depth in a medium-bodied, sleek style supported by firm yet well-integrated tannins.

    2014 Poliziano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - This red has a silky side in the beginning, then turns sinewy and tannic by the finish. Intense and packed with black cherry, blackberry, light toast, spice and tobacco flavors, ending with a mineral kick.

    2015 Poliziano, Rosso di Montepulciano - This red opens with ripe plum and cherry fruit, yet it also has a brooding side. Firm tannins provide support, while earth and iron elements add depth.

    2015 Orma, Bolgheri Passi Di Orma - The 2015 ‘Passi di Orma’ meaning ’Steps from Orma’ is the first release of the estate’s second wine, which is composed of 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc which comes from vines averaging 15 years. This was aged in 225L French barriques for 6 months followed by an additional 6 months in bottle. As this begins to open it releases profound aromas of blackberries and cassis woven together with vanilla, sweet spices, violets and tobacco. On the palate this possesses a full body with a nicely polished frame and notable overall balance. It continues to display flavors of dark cherries and sweet spices, also adding in a chocolate character as it heads into the velvety finish. This is an impressive showing, however this is still at an early point in its evolution and it will benefit from another few years in bottle to take on some more mature characteristics.

    As you can see...we are starting things off with a kick!
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