Grape Escape: Tuscany


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Val delle Rose, Litorale Vermentino, Maremma, Tuscany 2021 The Cecchi family grows vines on a 100-hectare estate in the southern portion of Tuscany. The region, Maremma, abuts the Mediterranean Sea. The ocean keeps the grapes at the ideal temperature for ripening. Vermentino is grown across Italy, but here, the fresh lemon and peach notes really shine. Acidity that is palate-cleansing without being mouth-puckering.
Val delle Rose, Litorale Rosato, Maremma, Tuscany 2022 If you love Krupp Brothers’ The Damsel, this is right up your alley. Fresh and crisp with tons of wild strawberry notes. 100% Sangiovese gives this wine a little bit more structure than a Provence rosé but in the best way. Only 6000 bottles are produced annually of this delightful rosé.
Conti Costanti, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 2018 The Costani family dates back to the 15th century—so the average age for an Italian family winery. Andrea Costani took over in 1983, pushing the reach of the winery by exporting the wines across the globe, converting fans everywhere. Best known for their Chianti, the Brunello is also stunning, but this wine is a trifle young. Patience is your friend; if you just can’t stand it, decant. I would advise waiting until 2028 for optimum enjoyment. Brunellos cannot be released until five years after the harvest—so this is the latest release.
Caprili, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany 2019 Located southwest in Montalcino, a warmer portion of the region giving the Sangiovese a decadence not always found in the region. The 21 acres is run by the youthful Giacomo Bartolommei who is constantly raising the bar on the estate. The Caprili estate is very traditional utilizing long macerations, natural fermentations with three years in oak casks. Dusty, dried cherry, leather and spice. A fantastic value for the money drinking well now with aging capacity.
Salcheto Biskero Chianti, Tuscany 2020 ‘Salco’ means the willow tree in the ancient Tuscan language, an important plant for wine territories throughout history as its branches were used to bind and the vines. ‘Salcheto’ is the name of the stream, which springs at the foot of the town of Montepulciano and winds through a valley where willows abounded. This stream is the boundary of our organic and biodynamic estate, rooted in the historic district of Vino Nobile, in the southeast of the Siena province of Tuscany. This Chianti will elevate your delivery pizza—even if it isn’t organic.
Tenuta Argentiera, Villa Donoratico, Bolgheri 2020 Sitting on the Tuscan coast’s edge, this vineyard may have international grape varieties but exudes an Italian essence—earthy, with leather and tomato leaf aromas. A delightful embodiment of its unique terroir, kissed by the coastal breeze.