Premium Tuscan Reds: brilliantly big & bold
Case of 6 bottles.
This case, featuring four different takes on Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, may make you wish you were in Tuscany. Should be ready to order by the end of January.
A mixed case of four red wines (one bottle each of Brunello di Montalcino and Tribulo, and two bottles each of Cabernet and Sassarello) come from Tuscan vineyards in Montalcino and neighbouring Montecucco. We don't know about you, but boy we'd love to be there right now.
These are from independent wineries where care is taken from vineyard to grape to bottle. The wines are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site.
Wine #1 Poggio Stenti, 2017 "Tribulo" Montecucco Rosso DOCG (Montecucco) - 1 bottle.
The grapes (100% Sangiovese) are hand harvested in the cool morning air, in early October, when they have reached ideal sugar levels. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for 15 days, with skin contact to allow for good polyphenolic extraction. The wine ages for about 18 months in (new) French-oak 20HL barrels, to develop a more complex bouquet and soft structure. Plant-based agents are used for fining. Alc./vol. 14%; R.S. < 1.0gr/L.
Tasting Note: Deep ruby colour, with garnet notes. Aromas of dark, ripe cherry, plum, and blueberry, with notes of dark chocolate and sweet spices (vanilla). Round, silky, and structured with a long, persistent finish and great depth.
Menu Matches: Will complement full-bodied dishes, grilled meats - hamburgers to game to steak, and pasta with rich, meat-based sauces.
Wine #2 Fattoria La Lecciaia, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Montecucco) - 2 bottles.
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from estate vineyards in Montecucco (Grosetto Province), hand-harvested in late September/early October, when the reached peak ripeness and maturity. Vinification was in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, then aged for 18 months in a mix of Slavonian oak casks and barrique. 13.5% alc./vol., less than 1 gr/L RS.
Tasting Note: Ruby garnet red in colour, with a slight purple rim. Classic, earthy aromas of wild berries, cherry, and blackcurrant , with notes of dried herbs, baking spices, and liquorice. Medium- to full-bodied, and rich on the palate. Firm tannins and a long finish. The wine may need a few minutes to open up, so consider decanting it before dinner.
Menu Matches: Complements fuller-bodied foods like steak, braised meat dishes, and game.
Wine #3 Fattoria La Lecciaia, 2012 Sassarello (Montalcino/Montecucco) - 2 bottles
From estate vineyards, this "Super-Tuscan" blend is 50% Sangiovese, and equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Sangiovese was aged in traditional large oak barrels, like Brunello, while the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot matured in smaller French oak barrique.
Our Tasting Note: Medium deep red colour with slight garnet tinges. Rich, with earthy aromas of dark cherry, plum, cocoa, and a touch of cedar/sandalwood. Medium-bodied, round on the palate, with good acidity and fine tannins and a relatively long finish.
Menu Matches: Pair with meat dishes, particularly pasta with meat sauce. Will work with hamburgers, steaks, and short ribs alike, as well as earthier-style vegetarian dishes.
Wine #4 Fattoria La Lecciaia, 2016 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (Montalcino) - 1 bottle.
For fans of Brunello - particularly the excellent 2016 vintage - this wine won't disappoint. Made from 100% estate-grown, hand-harvested grapes, alcoholic fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for 15-20 days. Minimum aging requirements for the Consorzio are 2 years in oak barrels and 4 months in bottle, however this wine spent over 3 years in larger Slavonian-oak barrels (not barrique) and 6 months in bottle before release. Alc./vol. 14.0%.
Vintage Rating: 2016 was rated a 5-star vintage (out of 5) by the Consorzio di Brunello (the governing association for the region). “Five stars” is considered “exceptional”, with prospects for long-lived wines.
Our tasting note: Classic deep cherry colour with slight garnet rim, with earthy aromas and flavours of Bing cherry, plum, black currant, and dark raspberry fruit with cedar, cinnamon, and mocha notes. Richly elegant, this wine is medium to full-bodied, balanced, and with a silky finish. Decant for enjoyment now, and it should be good for another 10-15 years.
Food matches: Pair with earthier-style dishes, including braised (short ribs) and grilled red meats, mushroom-based dishes, and tomato-based meat sauces.