Wine Region of the Month
WINE REGION OF THE MONTH – TUSCANY
February 1 – 28, 2017
Tuscany’s glorious history is as varied as its remarkable wine and gastronomic treats. From the ancient Romans and the Midici family, to the House of Lorraine to present day Italy, Tuscany has been at the forefront of this region’s elite and power class, allowing other regions to vie for second best. Tuscany is also the land of Sangiovese, which creates the grand Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and Vernacchia, the first wine awarded a DOC designation in 1966. The classifications, especially DOC and DOCG, are levels of quality that most Tuscan wineries wish to attain. However, a cork screw was thrown into the fray when a new classification called IGT, Indicazione Geografica Tipica, was introduced and the now world famous Super Tuscans were born. In essence, there is a Tuscan wine for all seasons, be it white or red, to satisfy all feasts and palates. Avanti e Ciao Bello!
Mormoraia Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Reg $15.99 WROM Special $12.99
Mormoraia is a beautiful 173-acre estate with 75 acres planted to vine, located about seven kilometers from San Gimignano, a walled city often referred to as the medieval Manhattan. This was the first wine awarded DOC status back in 1966, and then acknowledged as a wine of distinction with its DOCG rating in 1993. It shows a fragrance of bright, delicate fruit with pronounced floral and almond notes which carry onto the elegantly refined palate. A soft, ripe acidity sustains the wine’s freshness in the mouth, ending in a nutty, mellow finish.
Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti
Reg $12.99 WROM Special $9.99
Badia a Coltibuono, or “The Abbey of good harvest,” lies in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, between Florence and Siena. The Abbey is approximately two thousand years old, but history records date the property back to the Etruscan civilizations of the 3rd century BC. Now that’s pedigree! This is a fresh and approachable Chianti, made for enjoying upon release. It is comprised of Sangiovese and Canoiolo grapes, fermented separately in stainless steel tanks before being blended and bottle-aged. The resulting wine shows intense, bright cherry and blackberry aromatics with cinnamon and clove nuances. Full and well-balanced, soft but tasty, with good structure. Outstanding match with your favorite Italian cuisine.
Brancaia Tre Rosso
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $16.99
Brancaia TRE is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The basis for this wine are the grapes from their three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma. Out the gate there is a fruity bouquet with spicy nuances of blackberry and cherries. The palate is powerful and soft at the same time with fine tannins, sweet red cherry and floral notes that adds precision on the elegant finish. Enjoy with various pasta dishes, roasted and sautéed white meat, white poultry, fried and grilled fish. Or quaff with your hand made pizza!
92 points James Suckling 2013/2014
Poliziano Rosso di Montalcino
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $14.99
Rosso’s are the baby brother to the grand Brunello of Tuscany. While not as dynamic nor age worthy as their bigger siblings, to find a good one at this price is indeed a gift from Mother Nature. Made with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, this Rosso opens with subdued aromas of red and black fruits such as cherry and blackberry that segue to notes of sour cherry, a hint of tobacco and floral notes. Zesty acidity adds balance to this fruit forward red with soft, velvety tannins on the finish. Enjoy with pastas in red sauces, salmon and pork dishes.
Antinori Villa Toscana
Reg $19.99 WROM Special $14.99
The wine is a blend of Sangiovese fruit sourced from various points in Tuscany – Chianti Classico, Maremma and Bolgheri – with a scattering of other red grapes blended in. This Italian beauty shows intense and complex aromas of ripe red and black fruit with sweet spices. This is fleshy and balanced, with black currant and blackberry notes accented by cedar, tobacco and spice. Firm bodied, it offers up velvety tannins and a long, savory finish. Avanti!