Tuscan sea to famed hilltop

Tenuta Argentiera, Bolgheri DOC Poggio Al Ginepri 2006 There’s a light earthiness and a sense of brambles in the nose. The mouth is soft and easy drinking with leather, a moderate amount of tannic grip and acidity. Estate bottled in Castagneto Carducci 14% $25.95 at Traverso’s Argentiera

Casanova della Spinetta (La Spinetta), Toscana IGT, Il Nero di Casanova, Sangiovese 2005 There’s a bit of black licorice in the nose and the mouth is full of New World fruitiness and a soft but apparent structure. Estate bottled in Terricciola 13.5% $26.95 at Traverso’s La Spinetta

La Rasina, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2003 There’s cheese rind, earth and a little volatility in the nose – Old World in styling. It took about 30 minutes for the fruit to surface. The mouth is dense and quite tannic, one to lay down for a good decade. This wine goes on a long time. Estate bottled by Marco Mantengoli in Montalcino 14.5% $49.99 at Bottle Barn La Rasina

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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