- Baracchi O'Lillo Toscana 2011 Product #26117 (In Stock)
A blend of three Bordeaux grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc – plus a helping of smoky, meaty, Syrah. The grapes are grown in a fine vineyard in Eastern Tuscany, where they are planted to tight spacing and hand harvested at perfect ripeness. The grapes soak for 22 days in old wood casks and then ferment and age in temperature controlled stainless steel.
The wine’s dark, saturated, color leads you to expect a powerful, even heavy, red. But everything here is actually wonderfully fresh and vibrant. The aromas feature redcurrant, crushed fresh herb, dark chocolate, and a dash of spice. The palate is luxuriously textured – full but round and velvety – and the pure flavors of currant, cherry, juicy plum get complexity from notes of tobacco, herb, and bitter chocolate. A bright squirt of fresh acidity lifts the flavors up and keeps things refreshing on the pretty, almost floral, finish. The marriage of ripe fruit, juicy acids, and silky tannins make this a great sipping wine, but even better with foods like grilled or roasted meats, sautéed mushrooms, or even pasta and red sauce. To drink now and for 5 or so years.
- Guicciardini La Historia Di Italia Toscana 2009 Product #26908 (In Stock)
A 70/30 Merlot/Sangiovese blend from the hills around Florence made by Ferdinando Guicciardini of Castello di Poppiano. The style and overall impression is what I'd call "restrained modern" - plenty of power and ripeness but still definitely an Italian wine. Aromas of blackcurrant, smoke and spice lead to a rich, ripe, mouthfull of currant, coffee, black raspberry, and smoke flavors. The texture is pure velvet in the middle but with juicy acidity front and back and fine, powerful, tannins. Smoke, currant, licorice, and mocha flavors linger nicely.
The mouthful of a name - Guicciardini La Historia Di Italia - is a nod to the winemaker's ancestor, Francesco Guicciardini, whose Historia di Italia covering 1490 - 1534 is considered a pioneering work of modern methodology and one of the great works of the Rennaisance. The book transformed ideas about how history should be done, much as Ferdinando Guicciardini hopes this wine will shake up winemaking around Florence!
"This ripe red is centered around a black cherry core, with herb and oak spice accents. Surrounded by lively acidity and well-mannered tannins, ending with fruit and spice notes. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made."Wine Spectator 90 points