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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Gaja Barbaresco

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2021

It is still one of the greatest tastings I have ever done. One chilly, late fall afternoon about a dozen years ago, Angelo and Gaia Gaja opened all of their 1989s and 1990s for an article I was working on, Piedmont’s Glorious 1989 and 1990 Vintages Revisited.

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Cellar Favorite: 2012 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino

Cellar Journal, Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite

Eric Guido, Nov 2021

Caroline Pobitzer and Jan Erbach came to Montalcino with the greatest wines of Gianfranco Soldera and Piero Palmucci of Poggio di Sotto in mind.

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Cellar Favorite: 1969 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2021

Monsanto’s 1969 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio was a very pleasant surprise after a long day of visits and tastings. Monsanto is one of the historic estates of Chianti Classico.

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Chianti Classico and Beyond – 2018 & 2019

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2021

I was thrilled to get back to Chianti Classico this past summer. It was my first tasting trip to Italy in two years. Much has changed, for obvious reasons, but some things haven’t, chief among them my long-held belief that these are some of the greatest sites in the world.

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Cellar Favorite: 2015 Soldera Sangiovese

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2021

Tasting the 2015 Soldera Sangiovese brings back so many memories of tasting the wine from cask with Gianfranco Soldera prior to his passing in 2019. The routine was always the same.

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Cellar Favorite: 2011 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

After the tragic passing of proprietor Lionel Cousin, I found myself digging through my cellar for past vintages of his lovely creation, the Cupano Brunello di Montalcino.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites

Eric Guido, Apr 2021

Having just celebrated its fifteenth birthday, I thought it was about time to check in on the 2004 Brunello di Montalcino from Poggio Il Castellare, an estate from the southeast that I associate with suave character and dark ripe fruits.

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Vino Nobile & Carmignano: Italy’s Forgotten Noble Reds

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2021

Italy is one of the world’s most fascinating and diverse countries. There are of course famous wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo and Chianti Classico. But the country is also home to many other wines that have enjoyed periods of prominence mixed with less brilliant eras of near obscurity. Vino Nobile and Carmignano are two wines with long, rich histories, deep connections to the land and much for the curious wine-lover to explore.

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Tuscany Odds & Ends

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2021

This brief update mostly covers a number of Tuscan wines with releases that fall in between my larger regional reports as well as a handful of notable wines that were missing from our database.

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In the Sweet Spot: 2001 Brunello di Montalcino

Italy: Tuscany, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Eric Guido, Mar 2021

Montalcino has come so far in a relatively short amount of time. Generational transitions, a focus on terroir and the willingness to showcase Sangiovese’s inherent character above winemaking wizardry have come together, resulting in many wines that have never been better than they are today. In this article I look back at the 2001s, wines from another era that, in a sense, helped pave the way to the region's success. So where do the 2001 Brunellos stand today, twenty years later?