Tuscany 2020: A Summary

Situated perilously between January and April, there is always a danger that the top releases from Tuscany get somewhat lost in the twin headlights of Burgundy and Bordeaux En Primeur. Fortunately that was far from the case this February and Tuscany has demonstrated once again why its wines can compete with the most illustrious estates and domains from neighbouring France.

To start off we had the launch of the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015s, a vintage declared by James Suckling to be “a historical year … that nobody should miss. The wines show impressive precision of vivid fruit, fine tannins and freshness in acidity despite their ripeness and richness which makes them some of the most exciting in years." We have worked closely with a small selection of superb growers who have really over-performed in 2015 and set a new high benchmark for Brunello. Who knows, 2015 might even outclass the legendary 2010 vintage.

From there we have seen very promising wines emerging out of Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCGs. We were particularly impressed by the 2016 Querciabella Chianti Classico, an irresistibly charming and well-priced wine that scored 17.5/20 from Walter Speller of jancisrobinson.com. From Montepulciano, the Gracciano della Seta estate again succeeds with its very classic, green-edged Vino Nobile 2016, a seductive fusion of berry fruits and cedar that received 93 points from Decanter.

Finally we have the Super Tuscans, always a pleasure to drink and on top form this year. We went for Sassicaia’s second wine, the Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2018, an elegant blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot that could almost have come from St Julien. Last year one of our most popular wines was the Argiano Solengo 2016 and we were pleased to see the 2017 more than lived up to the expectation, scoring 94-95 points from James Suckling and punching way above its price point in terms of quality.

With February coming to a close we decided to raise a toast to Tuscany with three parcels that represent some of the very best wines to come out of this region. Our 2015 parcel is a veritable trove of top wines from this legendary vintage and includes some of our favourite growers from the three leading DOCGs in Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti Classico.

Explore 2015 - £889.00

2015 Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, Castello Di Romitorio

2015 Brunello, Argiano 2015 Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, Mastrojanni

2015 Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG, Gracciano della Seta

Following that is our Best Value 2020 Releases parcel. With 24 over-performing, newly released gems, three from each DOCG plus the 2017 Super Tuscan Argiano Solengo, this parcel is perfect for the seasoned bargain hunter.

Best value 2020 releases - £600.00

2017 Solengo, Argiano

2016 Querciabella Chianti Classico

2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Gracciano della Seta

2015 Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, Castello Di Romitorio

Last but certainly not least we have our Superstars, 30 bottles old and new that rule the field. Highly collectable and guaranteed to offer drinking pleasure years into the future, these are the best of the best and ones to lay down in your cellar.

Superstars, New and Maturing – £1,400.00

2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG, Quercia Al Poggio

2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Valdicava 2014 Terra di Monteverro IGT, Monteverro

2015 Brunello Di Montalcino Filo di Seta DOCG, Castello Di Romitorio

2017 Solengo, Argiano

Allocations are very limited so do get in touch as soon as possible to secure your case. Til’ next year Tuscany!

No thinking required, reserve yours by dropping us an email on info@honestgrapes.co.uk