On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

L'Altra Toscana : Wines of Maremma Toscana (Reds)

30 Mar 2022

(March 2022) ... This extensive area is characterized by very different climatic conditions, which deeply influences the characteristics of wine produced there.  (60 wines tasted - these are my top scoring wines, along with some brief notes)

Cantina "I Vini di Maremma" 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Albarese Bio
(ciliegiolo) ... smokier and more bubblegum-like then most tasted today - (***+)

Agricola Suberli di Ciacci Tiziano 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Mirus - (*** ½)

Azienda Agricola Valentini 2018 Maremma Toscana DOC - Vivoli - (*** ½)

Cacciagrande 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Cacciagrande
(red blend) ... juicy black cherry - (*** ½)

Cantina di Pitigliano 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Neltufo
(ciliegiolo) ... black cherry, white pepper, good acidity - (*** ½)

Cupirosso 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Suadente Bio
(sangiovese) ... juicy montmorency cherry with delicate tannins - (*** ½)

Fattoria San Felo 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Balla la Vecchia - (*** ½)

La Cura 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - La Cura - (*** ½)

Le Pianore 2018 Maremma Toscana DOC - Periodico - (*** ½)

Poggio L'Apparita 2016 Maremma Toscana DOC - San Michele - (*** ½)

Sassotondo 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Ciliegiolo
black cherry, white smoke and good acidity - (*** ½)

Tenuta Aquilaia 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Ciliegiolo - (*** ½)

Tenuta Moraia 2018 Maremma Toscana DOC - Sangiovese - (*** ½)

Tenuta Rocca di Montemassi 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Rocca di Montemassi - (*** ½)

Valdonica 2018 Maremma Toscana DOC - Baciolo Vigna Verolla Bio - (*** ½)

Alberto Motta 2021 Maremma Toscana DOC - BIO
(ciliegiolo) ... pretty with a floral, delicacy: think Beaujolais with extra cherries and subtle white pepper plus great acidity - (*** ½+)

Argentaia 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Col di Lupo
(red blend) ... red fruit all over the place, nice acidity, but still shows a subtly - (*** ½+)

Azienda Guido F. Fendi Bruni 2018 Maremma Toscana DOC - Burattini Rosso
(red blend) ... quite juicy and palate pleasing - (*** ½+)

Brancaia 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Brancaia No. 2 - (*** ½+)

Cantina Laselva 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC
(ciliegiolo) ... lively cherry, nice acidity, red plum and red currants; pretty palate pleasing - (*** ½+)

La Chimera D'Albegna 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Oriente
(syrah) ... white pepper, smoke, blackberry, cassis and good acidity - (*** ½+)

La Cura 2020 Maremma Toscana DOC - Vedetta - (*** ½+)

Le Mortelle 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Botrosecco
(red blend) ... ash and wood character, dark and brooding, really smoky - (*** ½+)

Nittardi 2018 Maremma Toscana DOC - Nectar Dei
(red blend) ... earthy, smoky, licorice, black plum and coffee bean - (*** ½+)

Nittardi 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Ad Astra
(red blend) ... fresh and juicy: notes of coffee, black cherry and wood smoke - (*** ½+)

Querciabella 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Mongrana
(red blend) ... mocha, coffee, blackberry, nice smoky character on the finish - (*** ½+)

Tenuta Fertuna 2017 Maremma Toscana DOC - Lodai - (*** ½+)

Valdonica 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Saragio Bio
(sangiovese) ... juicy cherry and cranberry with a little sour cherry and good acidity - (*** ½+)

Argentaia 2017 Maremma Toscana DOC - Orto delle Monache
(sangiovese) ... tobacco, red fruit, blackberry, cassis, vanilla, nice hint of herbs and the tannins are well balanced - (****)

Azienda Agricola Paniole 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Emineo
(red blend) ... well-balanced, blackberry, cassis, black cherry, silky tannins and nice white smoke - (****)

Le Mortelle 2019 Maremma Toscana DOC - Poggio alle Nane
(red blend) ... pleasant, juicy with nice smoky black fruit - (****)

Tenuta Dodici 2016 Maremma Toscana DOC - Oci Ciornie
(merlot) .. there's a really pleasant juiciness about this wine, it rolls black fruit with a mocha finish - (****)

Azienda Santa Lucia 2018 Maremma Toscana DOC - SL
(cabernet sauvignon) ... thick and juicy in the mouth, pure black fruit and chocolate with spice - nice acidity - (****+)

Serpaia di Endrizzi 2016 Maremma Toscana DOC - Gran Serpaia
(merlot) ... lovely dark fruit: plum, blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate (****+)

L'Altra Toscana : Wines of Cortana DOC

29 Mar 2022

(March 2022) ... The first proof of this grape variety in our land to produce high quality wines dates back to the sixties of the last century, when some private wineries decided to plant it. Through experimental vineyards they decided to cultivate it, giving birth to the marriage between Syrah and Cortona. Syrah has become a symbol of this land: today the vineyards cover an area of about 1730 acres, with 500,000 bottles per year, and this wine represents 80% of the total production.  (19 wines tried - these are my top scoring wines, along with some brief notes)

Cantina Canaio 2019 Cortona DOC - Terrasolla (Syrah)  (*** ½)

Eredi Trevisan 2020 Cortona DOC - Solosyrah Rosso (Syrah)  (*** ½)

Dal Cero 2020 Cortona DOC - Klanis (Syrah)  (*** ½)

Ist A Vegni 2017 Cortona DOC - Sangiovese  (*** ½)

Fabrizio Dionisio 2019 Cortona DOC - Castagno (Syrah)  (*** ½)

La Braccesca 2020 Cortona DOC - Achelo (Syrah)
creamy mouthfeel, juicy blackberry, black cherry and a hint of wood smoke (*** ½+)

La Braccesca 2019 Cortona DOC - Bramasole (Syrah)
another creamy version, wood smoke and peppery with a blackberry jam finish (*** ½+)

Chiara Vinciarelli 2019 Cortona DOC - Polluce (Syrah)
blue and black berries with some wood smoke, good tannin bite and black pepper (*** ½+)

Eredi Trevisan 2019 Cortona DOC - Candito (Syrah)  (*** ½+)

Ist A Vegni 2018 Cortona DOC - Syrah
coffee bean and black cherry (*** ½+)

Poggio Sorbello 2018 Cortona DOC - Donetto (Merlot)
red raspberry, nice purity of fruit, jam character without being jammy - pure delight (****)

 

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