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Cellar Favorite: 2009 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2019

I had a chance to taste a number of reference point 2009s during my recent tour of Bolgheri. Le Macchiole’s 2009 Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso was one of the most impressive.

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2016 Chianti Classico – A Modern Day Benchmark

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2019

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about Chianti Classico and its wines. My July trip included a number of truly memorable estate visits, two unforgettable verticals, and the thrill of discovering a handful of wineries that were new to me. The top 2016s have turned out to be just as extraordinary as I had hoped they would be, and the 2017s, while less consistent, have plenty to offer as well.

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Remembering Gianfranco Soldera

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2019

In a brilliant career that spanned five decades, Gianfranco Soldera established himself as one of the world’s most inspired and iconic winemakers. His untimely passing in an accident last February leaves an immeasurable void. Soldera’s wines remain an enduring legacy of his remarkable life and complex, rich personality.

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2014 Brunello di Montalcino and 2013 Riservas

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

The 2014 Brunellos and the 2013 Riservas are polar opposites, the products of one of the most challenging vintages in memory (2014) and a very good, classic year (2013). And yet, both vintages have something to offer, if in completely different ways; the much-better-than-expected 2014s boast early appeal and can be enjoyed now while the 2013 Riservas mature in the cellar.

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Central Tuscany: Maremma, Montepulciano and Beyond

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2019

This year I tasted more wines than ever before from the various appellations that comprise Central Tuscany. A rediscovery of indigenous varieties, greater focus on sustainable farming and the continued emergence of small, artisan estates is resulting in a wider range of wines across all styles than at any time in the past that I can remember. Readers will find everything from the racy, international wines of the coast to small production Syrahs made with whole clusters and aged in terra cotta, and everything in between.

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Chianti Classico 2015 & 2016: Right Place, Right Time

featured, Italy: Tuscany, Italy

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2019

As Vinous readers know, I have long championed Chianti Classico as a source for pedigreed, ageworthy wines that the average consumer can still afford. That is, thankfully, still true. In 2015 and 2016, wine lovers will find two genuinely great back to back vintages that arrive precisely at a time when producers are seeking greater finesse and precision. The results are nothing less than thrilling.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Le Logge, Siena, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2018

Tuscany is littered with dozens of exceptional and even world-class wine estates. When it comes to dining, though, things get much more dicey. It is not always easy to cut through the plethora of anonymous restaurants serving indifferent fare to the unsuspecting tourist crowd and find places that excel with both delicious, well-prepared food and a carefully thought out wine program. Located steps away from Siena’s Piazza del Campo, Osteria Le Logge is one of the bright spots in Tuscany’s food and wine scene.

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Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2001 – 2013

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2018

Despite its short history, Le Potazzine is universally regarded as one of Montalcino’s top dozen or so wineries. The estate is known for remarkably refined Brunellos that speak of vintage, place and grape variety with utmost precision.

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Rocca di Montegrossi: Vigneto San Marcellino 1995–2013

Verticals & Retrospectives, featured, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2018

From his first vintage in 1995, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi has crafted powerful, yet elegant wines imbued with real character. This vertical tasting of the Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino once again showed the pedigree Sangiovese is capable of in the hands of an inspired grower guided by a desire to make wines that express the essence of site and vintage.

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Cellar Favorite: 1998 Fontodi Chianti Classico

cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, Italy: Tuscany

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2018

Fontodi’s 1998 Chianti Classico reminds me of why I love these wines so much. At age twenty, the 1998 is simply glorious, with plenty of dried cherry, tobacco, saddle leather, licorice, dried cedar and smoke overtones wrapped into a classic, mid-weight frame.