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With its silver green olive trees, rolling carpeted hills and rows of pencil thin cypresses, the Tuscan landscape is truly beautiful. 

It's a province that's held a steady stream of tourists smitten since the Middle Ages.  And with a legacy of influence, power, ambition and art, both Florence and Sienna, still draw them in by the thousands to this day. 

Red or white?
The warm scrubby Mediterranean landscape favours reds, with savoury Sangiovese playing the starring role. 

White wine production is minimal due to the heat. There's the local Vernaccia di San Gimignano, as well as some Trebbiano and Vermentino.

Styles
The best Sangiovese strikes a very agreeable sleek, sappy, and savoury balance of bright red cherry and pomegranate fruit. Flavours go deeper and darker depending on where it's grown and what other varieties it's blended with. 

International varieties like Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon and Merlot make some exceptional, powerful wines on the gravelly Tuscan coastal plains of Maremma. 

Key areas to look for are Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Bolgheri. 

Grapes
Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet
Vernaccia, Vermentino, Trebbiano, Chardonnay

Favourite Producers
Isole e Olena, Querciabella, Montevertine, Monteraponi, San Giusto a Rentennano, Biondi Santi, Poggerino (Chianti)
Il Marroneto, San Filippo, Valdicava, Siro Pacenti, Pian dell'Orino, Stella di Campalto, Scopetone (Brunello)

 


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  1. Monteguelfo Chianti DOCG 2020
    Monteguelfo Chianti DOCG 2020
    Wow! This was such a wonderful surprise and terrific value Chianti from the estates of Andrea Cecchi. Made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino, the wine does not see any oak and has a tradiotional leaning and plenty of character, particularly for a wine at this price. The Cecchi family has 125 years of winemaking history and have some excellent vineyards at their disposal.

    It's a wonderfully vibrant & fresh expression of sangiovese that retains its fleshy and soft fruits throughout with a pillowy texture. Hints of black cherry and wild forest fruits with a touch of leather and some savoury dried herbs.
    2019
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  2. Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2018 375ml
    Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2018 375ml
    Antinori is a name synonymous with wine in Italy, the equivalent of the royal family of wine in the country. Intimately involved in the wine industry of Italy since 1385, initially in Tuscany, but in more recent years their influence has grown seeing them involved in wine-making projects across the country.

    They were instrumental in the renaissance of Chianti and their portfolio of wines includes some stellar names such as Tignanello - the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc blend that was most influential in the Super Tuscan movement, Solaia - the Cabernet dominant blend also from the Tignanello Estate and, of course, the beautiful Peppoli Chianti Classico. PWS

    The 2018 Chianti Classico Pèppoli is gracious and beautifully perfumed. Crushed red berry fruit, spice, blood orange, mint and orange zest give this silky Chianti Classico lovely flavor depth. I would prefer to drink it over the next few years. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  3. Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2019
    Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2019
    The 2019 Vernaccia di S. Gimignano is an absolutely delicious, every day white. Apricot, tangerine oil, mint, chamomile and yellow flowers all grace this tasty, supple Vernaccia from Fontaleoni. ANTONIO GALLONI

    Bright and somewhat crunchy with a direct line of fresh apple like acidity. Plenty to enjoy here with all the usual elements you would want from Vernaccia of this quality, apple fruit, lemon oil and white flowers along with just enough texture to provide a little tactile interest. Clean and clear cut and something I will be drinking a lot of as the weather starts to warm up again. ROSCOE
    2019
    Vernaccia
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $25.00 As low as $21.00
  4. Pandolfa Federico Sangiovese 2019
    Pandolfa Federico Sangiovese 2019
    There's a crunch to the air that you breathe at the highest point of the Pandolfa vineyards, some 300m above the gorgeous 17th century es-tate now owned by Marco Cirese and his wife Alice. It's easy to spot the Adriatic through the hilly terrain of Predappio which no doubt plays its part in the coolness of that breeze and the unique character of the wines from up here.

    The winery is a packed with stainless tanks, with some barrels tucked away in a dark corner. Most are large Slavonian 'Botti' but there are a few barriques. Thankfully here at Pandolfa they've worked hard to allow the fruit to do the talking, and we are all the better off for it.

    Mid-weight and airy crunchy fruit that sizzles along nicely. No oak or other artifact to encumber the lively and fresh palate. Juicy fruits and easy to slide into. PWS
    2019
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  5. Pandolfa Federico Sangiovese 2018
    Pandolfa Federico Sangiovese 2018
    The estate itself covers 140 hectares, of which 40 are planted mainly to Sangiovese as well as Trebbiano, Chardonnay and a few other experimental varieties. Their aim here is to make a pure expression of Sangiovese as it is known in Emilia Romagna. Highly aromatic, cherry, raspberry liquorice and subtle spice, Mostly aged in stainless steel for 12 months, with the remainder aged in large oak casks owing to its softer character and drinkability. There is a lovely plushness to the fruit on the palate bouyed by those wirey Sangiovese tannins. You would make quick work of this wine with a bowl of pasta or pizza. The wine from Pandolfa certainly get more serious but who cares when this guys is so delicious!? PWS
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  6. Fontaleoni Chianti DOCG 2019
    Fontaleoni Chianti DOCG 2019
    The 2019 Chianti Colli Senesi is a fresh, fruity red to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet red cherry fruit and floral notes are nicely lifted in this mid-weight, perfumed Chianti Colli Senesi. Best of all, the 2019 is a terrific value. ANTONIO GALLONI

    Red fruited, spicy and attractively perfumed. As with the previous vintage this is a Chianti that is all about uncomplicated pleasure and it is built for enjoyment and to be consumed with food. Cherry and aniseed notes, somewhat gritty tannins and a faintly bitter twist of cherry pith on the finish all adding a little more interest and making me really want some salumi and to be sitting in the sunshine somewhere in Tuscany. Not sure what to say here, this wine seems to always deliver on quality verse hip pocket damage in a serious way. Outstanding value. ROSCOE
    2019
    Cannaiolo, sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  7. Querciabella Mongrana 2017
    Querciabella Mongrana 2017

    Querciabella has been on a roll over the last few years. I can’t say enough good things about these wines, all of which merit your serious consideration. Querciabella doesn’t make a big deal about the fact that their vineyards are now biodynamically farmed, but then again they don’t have to? The wines speak for themselves.....  ANTONIO GALLONI

    This remarkable estate is the life-long passion of Sebastiano Cossia Costiglioni and before him his father, Guiseppe, who planted the first vines at the estate as a hobby in the early 1970's. Giacomo Tacchis and Guido di Santi were bought on in the formative years as winemaking consultants and directed the estate to biodynamics.

    Today the estate's technical direction is overseen by another of Italy's greatest winemaking talents in Luca Currado of famed Piemontese producer, Vietti, while day-to-day running of the estate's vineyards and winemaking is handled by a passionate team led by Dales D'Allesandro and Manfred Ing. New investment in the cellars over the past years will also continue to push the quality of the wines to new levels and maintain Querciabella at the top of the Chianti tree.

    Raised in concrete to retain varietal character and freshness the name of the game here is drinkability and Mongrana delivers that in spades with its cohort of plump, juicy, red and dark fruit characters, lovely perfume and gently giving tannins. It's built to over deliver on character while remaining fresh and inviting, it's most at home on the table with food, family and friends. This is a perennial favourite with us for its sheer deliciousness and the 2017 is no exception. A Little darker than last year's iteration but also with a dollop more lip-smacking fruit. Great little wine. ROSCOE

    2017
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  8. Balio di Zola Balitore Sangiovese di Romagna 2018
    Balio di Zola Balitore Sangiovese di Romagna 2018
    Red berries, cherries and exotic spice on the nose. Nuanced, scented nose combines raspberry, redcurrant, tobacco, leather and a mineral component. Suave, juicy and complex, with harmonious acidity giving shape and freshness to the wine's concentrated red plum, tobacco and herbal flavors. This subtly intense midweight is still tightly coiled today. Finishes savory and minerally, with substantial but polished tannins and lingering perfume. Very impressive Sangiovese di Romagna. www.vinous.com
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  9. Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 375ml
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2018 375ml
    The 2018 Chianti Classico is classy, polished and exceptionally beautiful. Like so many wines in 2018, the Chianti Classico is aromatic and gracious in feel, more finesse than power. Silky tannins wrap around a core of bright Sangiovese fruit. From start to finish, the 2018 is all class. ANTONIO GALLONI

    This remarkable estate is the life-long passion of Sebastiano Cossia Costiglioni and before him his father, Guiseppe, who planted the first vines at the estate as a hobby in the early 1970's. Giacomo Tacchis and Guido di Santi were bought on in the formative years as winemaking consultants and directed the estate to biodynamics.

    Today the estate's technical direction is overseen by another of Italy's greatest winemaking talents in Luca Currado of famed Piemontese producer, Vietti, while day-to-day running of the estate's vineyards and winemaking is handled by a passionate team led by Dales D'Allesandro and Manfred Ing. New investment in the cellars over the past years will also continue to push the quality of the wines to new levels and maintain Querciabella at the top of the Chianti tree. PWS
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  10. Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2018
    Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 2018
    Besides a healthy dose of Canaiolo Nero, proprietor Paolo De Marchi blends in a dash of Syrah to give backbone, especially in lighter vintages - he believes it to be less invasive than other international varieties. Fragrantly expressive, enticing notes of aromatic herbs, rose, fennel, clove and fresh forest floor greet the nose. While wonderfully medium in weight, this packs a lot in, especially tangy blackcurrant. Chalky tannins are subtly assertive and will carry the wine through the midterm. DECANTER
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $45.00 Regular Price $53.00
  11. Felsina Chianti Classico 2019
    Felsina Chianti Classico 2019
    The 2019 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a classic wine for the year. Bright, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2019 Chianti Classico Berardenga is so wonderfully expressive. There is a feeling of vibrancy to the 2019 that is hugely appealing. A wine of energy more than power. Crushed red berry fruit, cinnamon linger in a gorgeous Chianti Classico that is more about transparency than power. ANTONIO GALLONI

    A beautiful, creamy red with cherry and chocolate character. Hints of dried earth. It's medium-to full-bodied with creamy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. shows firmness and tension. Very drinkable now, but will improve beautifully with age JAMES SUCKLING
    2019
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $46.50 Regular Price $55.00 As low as $43.33
  12. Felsina Chianti Classico 2018
    Felsina Chianti Classico 2018
    With a staggering 18+ tre biccherie awards to their name, Fattoria di Felsina is not only one of the greatest producers of Chianti Classico in the zone, but can also lay claim to being one of the greatest estates in Italy.

    Located on the southern boundary of the Chianti Classico zone at Beradegna, Felsina is run by the thoughtful, Giuseppe Mazzocolin, and together with consultant oenologist Franco Bernabei, he has guided the estate masterfully through the massive changes that have taken place in Tuscany in the last 30 years, always mindful of only making changes he thought would further the quality of the wines without obliterating the regional nuance.

    The 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is endowed with so much class. In 2018, the Classico is a bit more restrained than it can be. That mid-weight sense of structure, though, gives the wine quite a bit of early appeal. Even so, I would cellar the 2018 for a few years, as all the elements haven't fully come together just yet. Dark cherry, game, smoke, licorice and earthy notes are a reminder we are in Castelnuovo Berardenga, even if the 2018 has less weight and overt power than Fèlsina fans are used to seeing. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous.com
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  13. Petrolo Torrione 2018
    Petrolo Torrione 2018

    Petrolo is a cult producer in Tuscany and abroad and it has been some process to get some for Australia. The owner Dr Luca Sanjust is a great thinker about wine and his property is one of the most remarkable in Tuscany; featuring one of the only remaining Roman towers (the Galatrona) in Tuscany. His grandfather bought the 950-acre property by selling a flat in Rome after the war!

    The winemaker is Carlo Ferrini; one of the true greats of Tuscan winemaking and makes wines which exhibit plush styling as well as a dark fruited and a balanced persona with a real sensual core. PWS

    Petrolo's 2018 Torrione is fabulous. Deep, inky and generous, the 2018 packs a serious punch. Ripe dark red fruit, chocolate, spice, leather and tobacco are all kicked up a few notches, with sweet floral top notes that add aromatic lift. The 2018 is an especially boisterous Torrione, with all the elements in the right place. In a word: delicious. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous

    2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, sangiovese
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $55.00 Regular Price $62.00 As low as $51.00
  14. Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole 2013
    Tenuta di Trinoro Le Cupole 2013
    The 2013 Le Cupole di Trinoro hits the palate with racy dark cherries, mocha, plums, espresso and new leather. Radiant and deeply expressive, the 2013 is a great introduction to the Tenuta di Trinoro wines. Cherry compote and cinnamon are some of the notes that shape the super-ripe, opulent finish. Le Cupole is the second selection of fruit and barrels that don't make it into the top wines. It also happens to be a terrific value. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2013
    Italy
    495
  15. Podere Le Boncie "5" 2018
    Podere Le Boncie "5" 2018
    This is the little brother/sister of "Le Trame" from Podere Le Boncie.  The wine was originally sold only through the winery only and was essentially created from fruit of vines younger and/or less well-positioned.

    The original composition was sangiovese, conaiolo, mammalo, colorino and fogliatonda butnow consists of mainly Snagiovese and two rows of conaiolo. Now it is mainly a blend of sangiovese with a touch of conaiolo with grapes sourced from outside out the Chianti Classico zone.

    This comes off with a pretty and nuanced nose of red fruits, red cherry and a subtle minerally spice that accents the clean fruit profile. Mid to light in style with nice focus and a little bump of plush fruit through the middle palate that carries the wine along nicely. The 2018 is a touch plusher then usual which suits the style well. Unmistakably Tuscan, unmistakably sangiovese. Great stuff.
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  16. Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Pale red; this wine’s very pretty color strikes me as being one of the less dark Rossos made by Pacenti in years. Inviting floral notes (rose, violet) complement strawberry, red cherry and delicate flint and herb aromas. Then very fresh and juicy, with a steely quality to the red fruit and herb flavors that are really perked up by a strong peppery component on the long, lively youthfully chewy finish. Made from 15 years old Sangiovese vines, this is a really lovely fruit-forward and also surprisingly spicy Rosso di Montalcino. 25% new oak for 12 -3 months. IAN D'AGATA, Vinous.com
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  17. Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2019
    Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2019
    Vincenzo Abbruzzese is one of the most outspoken, passionate growers in Montalcino. His beautifully tended vineyards yield some of the richest wines in the region; and that’s where most of the focus is – on the vineyards. The winery itself is unremarkable and is equipped with just the bare essentials. All of the wines are aged in large, neutral oak; what comes through is Abbruzzese’s commitment to low yields, sustainable farming and non-interventionalist winemaking. ANTONIO GALLONI

    A stellar effort in a warm year that has produced a plush and sweet style rosso that is all but Brunello in name. This is vibrant and rich at the same time with sweet spice peppered over the warm cherry and black raspberry fruits that spill out the glass. Plenty of depth but remains light on its feet. Great stuff! PWS
    2019
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  18. Duemani Cifra 2018
    Duemani Cifra 2018
    Being one of Italy's foremost consultant oenologists comes with a certain expectation that you will produce something fairly special from your own vines. The surprise was palpable then when owner Luca D'Attoma chose Cabernet Franc to be the mainstay variety supported by Merlot and Syrah.

    The wines however are quite superb and while the Duemani (100% Cab Franc) and Suisassi (100% Syrah) are the super-stars of the range, the cement-tank fermented and aged Altrovino (cab franc and merlot) is quite special also; bright, pure dark berry fruit is complexed by some drying minerality and a real energetic personality. The most recent addition to the range is the cement-fermented and aged 100% cabernet franc, Cifra. The wine was initially a response by d'Attoma to produce a cheaper wine for restaurants to pour however the result is much more than a mere bistro quaffer.

    The 2018 Cifra is a total knockout. Fresh, vibrant and full of aromatic intensity, the 2018 boasts superb flavor intensity and exceptional balance. Inky red and purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice and dried flowers all race out of the glass in a boisterous, generous wine that hits all the right notes. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
    2018
    Cabernet Franc
    Italy
    495
  19. Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2019
    Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2019
    This enticing red offers alluring aromas of fragrant purple flowers, dark-skinned berries and crushed mint. The elegantly structured palate doles out succulent blackberry, orange zest, licorice and saline notes set against taut, refined tannins. It's nicely balanced by fresh acidity. Drink 2022–2029. (95) KERIN O'KEEFE, The Wine Enthusiast, July 2021
    2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, sangiovese
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $80.00 Regular Price $97.00
  20. Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    The 2018 Rosso di Montalcino is very pretty, showing musky, bright cherry, dried roses and savory spice. There’s remarkable purity here, with soft textures giving way to tart wild berry fruit complemented by zesty acids. It’s dry and lightly structured throughout the finale with lasting inner florals and a twang of sour citrus. This is far from your typical Rosso. The Costanti Rosso is a barrel selection that matures for one year in a combination of 60% tonneaux and 40% new 35-40 hectoliter barrels. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
    2016
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
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