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Pertimali’s Remarkable 2010 Brunello, Stellar ’09 Solaia, and Guado al Tasso Jeroboams!
May 13, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Ask a room full of people what their favorite region of Italy is and the unanimous answer could easily be Toscana. But ask them why, and you could just as easily get a hundred different answers: its picturesque rolling hills, its ancient walled villages, its signature dishes of Bistecca alla Fiorentina and coniglio al vino bianco, its bevy of duomos and plethora of priceless art. And someone is sure to mention the wine: Chianti, probably, or Brunello di Montalcino, or perhaps Super Tuscan.

At their roots, what these three types of wine have in common is Italy's most planted grape, Sangiovese. In 2013 nearly 8% of all Italian vineyards (more than 155,000 acres) were planted to some form of Sangiovese, (it has many clonal variations and as many names: Brunello, Prugnolo Gentile, Morellino). Sangiovese is the principal vine variety for fine red wines produced in Toscana, the sole grape permitted in Brunello di Montalcino, and the basis for Chianti and for many Super Tuscans. So, just as it might be a challenge to fully appreciate the countryside without biking it and the art without being familiar with the artists, it would be difficult to approach Toscana's wine without understanding the region's past, the evolution of these wines, and their champions.

Today, I'm pleased to present three sides of Tuscan wines: one all Sangiovese, one that leans on Sangiovese and one Super Tuscan that foregoes it altogether. The first is Livio Sassetti's 2010 Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino. This is an exceptional bottle from an extraordinary vintage and it illustrates how complex, how layered, and how seductive a Brunello can be. You do not want to miss this bottle!

The next two come from Antinori, the ancient Tuscan winemaking family who knows a thing or a hundred about the rascally Sangiovese grape. Antinori's Solaia depends on its Sangiovese to give it brightness, juiciness and earthiness, and the '09 Solaia is exceptional. The family's Guado al Tasso, on the other hand, comes from Bolgheri on the coast, and this icon of that Super-Tuscan hotbed is fine without Sangiovese. I scored double magnums of the '11 Guado al Tasso, a wine too great for normal-sized bottles.

Enjoy!

 
Today's Featured Sections Include:

  

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have 2010 Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino
2. Only At IWM: 
The Return of the Stellar '09 Solaia
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Double Magnums of 2011 Antinori Guado al Tasso!
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
The Time is Now for Tempranillo!
5. Wine Events: May Wine Tastings


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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder