Tuscany wine region
Whether it’s the climate, landscape, architecture, food or wine, everyone loves something about Tuscany. Its wine scene is particularly rich, and although Chianti is hugely important, there are many other notable wines from this east-central Italian region.
Montalcino is perhaps the most highly reputed. Its climate is generally warmer and drier than Chianti and its rich wines reflect this. The region only became famous in the 1960s but Brunello di Montalcino is now the most prestigious DOCG in Tuscany. Brunello is the local name for the Sangiovese grape, which is here used unblended.
Montepulciano (not to be confused with the grape of that name grown in Abruzzo) is another Tuscan region exclusively based on its own variant of Sangiovese, called Prugnolo Gentile. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano matures rather sooner than Brunello di Montalcino.
Bolgheri is a coastal region largely devoted to Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of Italy’s most famous reds hail from here: wines like Sassicaia and Ornellaia.
Chianti itself is around 100 miles long, tucked in between the cities of Florence and Siena. Chianti Classico is the heart of the region, widely thought to produce the finest wines. Chianti also has six satellite zones: Colli Senesi, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Pisane, Colli Aretini, Montalbano and Rufina. Of these, Rufina is the best known and the one most often encountered elsewhere.
Chianti is always a blend, with Sangiovese the main grape. Its traditional blending partners are Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera, but international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are increasingly used.
Decanting Club wines from: Tuscany
Castello di Ama, Rosato
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