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Cerro Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012 1.5Ltr

Rated 92 - A red with lots of ripe dark fruits, mushroom and leaf aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a tasty, savory finish. Plenty...
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Cerro Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - A red with lots of ripe dark fruits, mushroom and leaf aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a tasty, savory finish. Plenty...
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Cerro Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Riserva 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - A firm and silky red with plum and berry aromas and flavors. Hints of lemon rind and stone. Medium to full body. Shows structure and...
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Poliziano Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012 375ml

Rated 92 - Open-knit and expressive, the 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a beautiful wine to drink now and over the next 7-10 years. The...
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Valdipiatta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2010 375ml

Rated 90 - A dark, powerful wine, the 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows off gorgeous definition and clarity, especially for such a big wine....

Tuscany

In the heart of Italy lies its most well-recognized region: Tuscany. Chianti is a large wine zone extending through much of Tuscany. All of the zone is DOCG status, and it is divided into seven districts. Two of these have readily-available wines on the world market: Chianti Classico (Classico refers to the defined area--not to a reserve or superior bottling) and Chianti Ruffina. In addition to their district of production, Chianti wines vary in style according to aging. Reserve wines, often aged in French oak, may be released after two or more years at the winery.

Chianti is always a very dry red wine, with very concentrated fruit character, most often made entirely from the sangiovese grape. Chianti goes well with food, and can range in style from light to full bodied with tart cherry and violet aromas and flavors. Chianti can age ten or more years in a good vintage.

The second great red wine of Tuscany is Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, from the town of the same name just south of the Chianti district. Brunello is a local term referring to the grape variety sangiovese. These wines are of superior quality and limited production. Intense, concentrated and tannic, they tend to require long aging (up to 20 years), although some producers are now making a more approachable style. Rosso di Montalcino is a less expensive, ready to drink version from either young vines or slightly inferior fruit.

Three more Tuscan wines of note include:

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. From the town of the same names, these wines are made from basically the same grapes and same blend as Chianti, although the sangiovese clone in this district is Prugnolo Gentile. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was the first DOCG, and there are some excellent examples.

- Carmignano DOCG. This is a dry red wine made from Chianti-like blends, although Cabernet Sauvignon can also be used.

- Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG. Tuscany's best white wine, it is vinified from the grape variety of the same name. A fresh wine with an almond flavor and slightly oily texture, it is best drunk young.

What is a Super Tuscan?

The Super Tuscan phenomenon began in the 1970's when some producers decided to get attention by creating a new style of wine. The wines are called Super Tuscans either because they are produced outside the Chianti zone, or because their grape blends include varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc) that do not conform to the DOC requirements for Chianti, or because they are 100% Sangiovese which previously was prohibited in the Chianti area. Although the blends differ from producer to producer, what these wines do have in common is their expensive price tags. The most famous Super Tuscans, such as Sassicaia and Solaia , can induce collectors to spend upwards of $200 a bottle in a good vintage. The wines can vary widely in style from Chianti-like to Bordeaux-like to California Cabernet-like, depending on the blend.