I just finished tasting a few wines at the Terre di Toscana event, which every year for the past ten years is the most definitive event about Tuscan wines. Over 100 of the most talented wine makers from Tuscany gather up for a couple of days to showcase their wines to trade and wine lovers. It is such an amazing opportunity that even the wine makers themselves partake to be able to be together with their pals!
www.acquabuona.it selected precisely the following 130 wineries:
Amerighi Stefano, Argentiera, Avignonesi, Badia a Coltibuono, Banfi, Baracchi, Baricci, Barone Ricasoli, Bertani Domains, Bibbiano, Boscarelli, Brancaia, Caiarossa, Antonio Camillo, Campo alla Sughera, Canalicchio di Sopra, Capannelle, Caparsa, Capezzana, Castell’in Villa, Castello dei Rampolla, Castello di Albola, Castello di Ama, Castello di Monsanto, Castello di Potentino, Castello di Ripa d’Orcia, Castello di Volpaia, Cesani Vincenzo, Chiappini, Cigliano, ColleMassari, Colle Santa Mustiola, Compagnia del Vino, Contucci, Corzano e Paterno, Dei, Duemani, Fattoi, Fattoria Ambra, Fattoria del Cerro-La Poderina-Monterufoli, Fattoria dei Barbi, Fattoria di Magliano, Fattoria La Massa, Fattoria Le Pupille, Fattoria Loppiano, Fattoria Montellori, Fattoria Selvapiana, Fattoria Varràmista, Fèlsina, Fontodi, Fornacelle, Fuligni, Giardini Ripadiversilia, Grattamacco, I Balzini, I Luoghi, Il Borghetto, Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara, Il Marroneto, Il Rio, Istine, La Cerbaiola – Salvioni, La Fralluca, La Gerla, Le Chiuse, Le Cinciole, Le Macchiole, Le Ragnaie, Lisini, Marcampo, Marchesi Mazzei, Mastrojanni, Montauto, Montepepe, Monteraponi, Montevertine, Monteverro, Orma, Poggio al Lupo,Tenuta Sette Ponti, Pacenti Franco-Canalicchio, Panizzi, Petra, Petrolo, Piaggia, Pian dell’Orino, Pietroso, Pieve de’ Pitti, Pieve Santo Stefano, Podere Bellosguardo, Podere Fedespina, Podere Il Carnasciale, Podere Ristella, Podere San Giacomo, Podere Sant’Agnese, Podere Santa Felicita, Podere Sapaio, Poggerino, Poggio al Sole, Poggio al Tesoro, Poggio di Sotto, Quercia al Poggio, Riecine, Rocca delle Macìe, Rocca di Castagnoli–Tenuta di Capraia, Rocca di Montegrossi, Roccapesta, Salcheto, San Gervasio, San Giusto a Rentennano, Sanlorenzo, Sator, Michele Satta, Sesti, Solatione, Talenti, Tenuta Col d’Orcia, Tenuta degli Dei, Tenuta del Buonamico, Tenuta di Sesta, Tenuta di Trinoro, Tenuta Le Potazzine, Tenuta Lenzini, Tenuta Monteti, Tenuta Pietramora di Colle Fagiano, Tenuta San Guido, Terenzi, Terenzuola, Terre del Marchesato, Vecchie Terre di Montefìli, Vignamaggio, Villa Calcinaia, Villa Patrizia.
Was there anything that stood out? Well the 130 wineries are already standing out but here is a list of the wines and wineries that this year moved me so much I remember the tasing notes by heart.
Villa Calcinaia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione  La Fornace 2015
Prunes, leather, dark fruit and an earthy and meaty tannic structure. Needs time but will last for many years. 90
Vignamaggio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Monna Lisa 2015
Very floral with super fresh cherries and a very smooth palate. Already highly drinkable but with a good 10/15 years life span. 90
Terenzuola Vermentino Nero 2016
I love this kind of very temperamental Reds packed with a lot of small black currant fruit a lot of floral perfumes and a firm tannic contrast. Somehow with a rustic touch but with really a lot of character. 89
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2016
Every year, in the last 10 years I have been telling myself that Sassicaia is getting even better then ever. Well guess what? I love the red-berry crush, the savory and seriously long lasting minerality, the generous super clean juice and so much depth! 97
Tenuta Le Potazzine Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Among the ’13 Brunello this bottle has been standing out every time there’s a Brunello tasting. Make no mistake this wine has been nothing but consistent red cherries, firm tannic structure with sweet fruit and length over the last dozen years. 95
Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi 2015
I must say that Franchetti is a never ending source of good wines. Whether in the Mount Etna or in his Southern Tuscany estate, he always manages to surprise everyone with new projects, new studies and new wines. Tenuta di Trinoro has now three single cru Cabernet Franc to choose from, but this year his 100% Merlot just blew me aways with its compact and yet super velvet mouth, balsamic and floral notes over a bed of blackcurrants. 96
Tenuta di Sesta Rosso Brunello di Montalcino 2015
Clean, refreshing fruit with so much energy to set you off for a Tuscan journey and back. Floral complexity, structure, juiciness and length. I love the purity of this wine, the false simple approach and the almost perfect tannic touch. 94
Tenuta Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Nastagio 2012
Love serioso tannic structure, tar and leather, cherries under spirit and a balsamic touch in your wines? This Riserva 2012 is an austere powerhouse of Montalcino. A long lasting and elegant Brunello to keep for a few decades. 92
Solatione Sololui 2012
I got to know this small family run winery when I first tasted one of the best Vin Santo ever made in Tuscany. Then I had their Chianti Classico with a dash of Merlot. Now they released a first trial of Sangiovese 100% and it is sunshine in a glass. 90

 

Sesti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Phenomena 2012
Tobacco leaf, licorice, pine sap and blueberries. A very masculine Riserva with a ton of tannins and a very pleasant way to get them to smooth down with all its fruit. Long lasting with aging potential to go for a few decades. 90
Podere Il Carnasciale Carnasciale 2015
Smooth, smooth and smooth. Did I mention how smooth this wine is? Well trust me: this is as erotic as a red wine can be. The dark red smell of roses combined with sandalwood, truffle and prunes. It has enough acidity to melt all the important raw matter in your mouth like a candy but with a clean finish. 94

Pietroso Rosso di Montalcino 2016
Southern Tuscan sweet and generous fruit with very intriguing dry herbs, licorice and cherries. This is a Rosso with so much complexity and pleasure to give, you just gotta love it! 89
Pian dell’Orino Brunello di Montalcino Vigneti del Versante 2013
Earthy, wet clay and dry roses. Macerated prunes and fresh cherries. Super smooth tannins with a salty finish. I just love this Brunello so reach and yet easy to drink! 95
Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano Santa Margherita 2016
One of the greatest Vernaccia. This single cru White has always been a great example of how Vernaccia di San Gimignano can compete with the world greatest Whites: gun flint. green tea, almonds and pineapple on a relatively creamy and zesty finish. So easy to drink! 90
Monteverro Chardonnay 2015 
Big, fat and creamy with a butterscotch, oriental spices, vanilla and super ripe exotic fruit. This is Chardonnay going out with that wow factor that so many people want to have when opening a bottle of White. The Tuscan provenance though gives the wine also a very refreshing citrus finish which makes it really pleasant and clean. 90
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2015 
The elegance, the austerity at first. Then is some super pure redcurrant and sage with a beautiful floral edge. Tannins are intense and deep but never too much. An example of purity and humbleness. 95
Monteraponi Trebbiano V.D. 2016 
Everyone knows how Trebbiano is famous for cheap and nasty Whites in Tuscany. Well stop a second at Monteraponi and you will find something completely different: hay, a touch of broom flowers, grapefruit seeds, licorice and bay leaf quality. It is thirst quenching with a very long finish. 92
Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 
A Riserva ready to drink now but with a serious aging potential as well. I know it isn’t common but Lisini can make it happen thanks to the ripest of the sweet cherries and prunes. The wine has a balsamic complexity and tons of velvet tannins. One of my favorite Riserva for sure. 95
Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino VV 2013 
Austere, mineral, gun flint rocky Brunello. Right now is a very vertical and silent Brunello. One of those you need a few years to enjoy it fully, but I am sure, once you get there, it will be very rewarding. 92

 

Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Once again, Salvioni made it. The fruit is sweet, the perfumes of wild berries and mountain flowers with tobacco are intoxicating. Watch out as this masterpiece goes down a treat! 96
Il Marrone Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie 2013
Sweet damsons, tobacco, iodine and truffles. Strong tannins, earth and spices with a very, very long lasting finish. Drink it now if you want or hold this bottle forever! 95
Il Borghetto Montedesassi 2015
Now, are you ready to loose the plot and down the whole bottle in a split second?
This is a refreshing, crunchy, mineral and savory Sangiovese which will deliver “ten ton tracks” of sour cherries and balsamic perfumes. Tannins are juicy and reactive. I love this amazing energy! 93
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Another one of my favorite Brunello in general but specifically of this vintage.
The reason why I like this wine so much this year is the sweetness of its fruit, the supple tannins and the mineral length. 94
Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2014
This is one of the holy grail wines for those in search of pure Sangiovese. It is all about the base baby: dark chocolate, vanilla and oriental spices rapped around black driven fruit on a very, very structure and refined palate. What an amazing result, once again for a vintage the world is talking too badly about! 96
Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano Riserva Poggio Valente 2015
Blackberries, mushrooms and a really powerful mouthfeel but with a way more elegant then ever tannic touch. Very generous fruit-driven Sangiovese with loads of mediterranean herbs and a way more serious aging potential anyone can think when saying: Morellino! 92
Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015
This winery has always been making pretty modern style robust Nobile. With this vintage, the reserved and bright producer Caterina has moved towards more refinement and a juicer version. This is an idea of Nobile I like! 89
Castello di Rampolla Vigna d’Alceo 2014 
Please do not make the terrible mistake to think that 2014 has been a bad vintage. It was a very difficult one but great wine makers, manages to produce less, but more lyrical wines then ever. They won’t be wines to age for centuries maybe, but there’s so much character, joy and floral pleasure that I just can’t get enough. PS: Vigna d’Alceo isn’t just one of the greatest Cab Sauvignon there is, but it is also one of Italy few serious Grand Cru! 93
Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2016
Straight down to Tuscan black cherry business. This wine is simple and yet it will fill your heart with warmth and joy and more structure then one could suspect from a Rosso di Montalcino! 89
Amerighi Cortona Syrah Apice 2014
Whole bunch naturally fermented Syrah with no added SO2 from Cortona might sound a lot in one shot. But actually this is one of the juiciest wine Tuscany has to offer these days. Salt and savory bits with lots of sour cherries, licorice, gun flint and violets. 92