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Central Italy

Famous for its Chianti, made in Tuscany from the Sangiovese grape, Central Italy has other delights to offer the lover of wine. Abruzzo, Umbria and the Marches are districts now producing consistently good wine from indigenous and international vines.

Famous for its Chianti, made in Tuscany from the Sangiovese grape, Central Italy has other delights to offer the lover of wine. Abruzzo, Umbria and the Marches are districts now producing consistently good wine from indigenous and international vines.

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Styles of Wines

Chianti is a large appellation that can display variable quality, but at its best is quite superb.  Chianti Classico, more highly regarded, was designated a DOCG in 1984 and is synonymous with dryness, acidity and powerful fruit.  Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are other fine Tuscan red wines that are made predominantly from Sangiovese.  The 'Super Tuscans', with their greater scope for experimentation, are varied in style but are often influenced by Bordeaux in their choice of vines and techniques. These fall outside DOC boundaries or choose to ignore the rules of the appellation, are modestly classified wines that can rank amongst the best that Italy has to offer.Umbria is known for dry, medium and sweet white wines (though reds are achieving fine results), Abruzzo produces an excellent red - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - and a simple, enjoyable white - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo - and the Marches is improving at both.

Key Vines

Sangiovese is the dominant grape throughout Central Italy and makes up 75-100% of Chianti.  Other significant reds around the district, which are often blended with Sangiovese, are Canaiolo, Colorino, Mammolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Merlot.

Climate and Conditions

With admirable fortitude, Italians will plant vines almost anywhere there is soil to support them.  Central Italy is no different and so the coast of the Tyrrenhian sea to the west, the foothills of the Apennines inland and the shoreline of the Adriatic Sea to the east are all flanked with vines. Vines are planted on south-facing slopes to take advantage of the sun, and both climate and conditions are favourable for the growing of grapes.  They are often, in fact, too favourable and high yields of quickly growing varieties have kept down quality.  But in recent years the expertise and inclination has existed to do true justice to what the environment can produce.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Frascati, Terre dei Pallavicini,

    Frascati, Terre dei Pallavicini, 2016 75cl

    A straw-coloured wine, with gold-green reflections, a delicate aroma that is slightly fruity and floral, dry, fresh elegant and medium bodied.

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  2. Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017

    Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017 75cl

    A refreshing light white with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit on both the nose and palate. Would be an ideal match with lighter dishes such as a pasta salad.

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  3. Pecorino, Noi Cento Roxan, 2017

    Pecorino, Noi Cento Roxan, 2017 75cl

    Refreshing and clean with a citrus fruit driven nose and palate.

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  4. Verdicchio Classico, Pontemagno,

    Verdicchio Classico, Pontemagno, 2016 75cl

    Crisp and refreshing with a rich body that sets it apart from the rest. Delicious stone fruit character supported by subtle nuttiness.

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  5. Brunello di Montalcino, Geografico

    Brunello di Montalcino, Geografico, 2011 75cl

    Rich ruby colour and intense aromas of smoke and red bell pepper. Hints of smoke, tart cherry and green herbs are presented in this well structured example. 

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  6. Chianti Classico, Geografico,

    Chianti Classico, Geografico, 2015 75cl

    From the heart of the Chianti region with plenty of the cherry fruit character that is the calling card of wines made there. What sets it apart is the cleanness of the ripe fruit and violet notes that combine for a velvety smooth experience in the mouth.

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  7. Chianti, Duca di Saragnano

    Chianti, Duca di Saragnano, 2017 75cl

    Light and very approachable this is an easy-drinker suitable for most occasions. Lovely fresh cherry fruit content is presented with medium to light body and low tannin for a refreshing drop that has an unimposing, delicate finish.

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  8. Chianti Classico Riserva, Montegiachi, 2012

    Chianti Classico Riserva, Montegiachi, 2012 75cl

    From one of the more progressive co-operatives in Tuscany with an inviting bright ruby colour. Two years in oak have allowed the fruit to mature and this combines well with a strong aroma of violets.

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  9. Col di Sasso Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon, Banfi, Toscana, 2016

    Col di Sasso Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon, Banfi, Toscana, 2016 75cl

    An intense bouquet of black cherry and spice. On the palate with black fruits and supported by soft tannins and hints of smoke. Ideal with pizza, pasta, grilled meat and poultry.

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  10. La Lus Albarossa, Banfi, Piedmont

    La Lus Albarossa, Banfi, 2015 75cl

    Fresh, fruity and complex. Hints of cherry, plum jam and red fruits on the nose alongside aromas of vanilla and licorice given by the wood. On the palate, it is velvety and well balanced, with the presence of sweet tannins.

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  11. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 100 Noi Cento, Roxan, 2016

    Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 100 Noi Cento, Roxan, 2016 75cl

    A vibrant, deep-purple colour. This wine displays rich, luscious cherry fruit with a warm, lingering finish.

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  12. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Taverna Nova

    Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Conte de Castelvecchio, 2017 75cl

    Subtle dark fruit aromas of black cherry and plum start on the nose and move gracefully onto the palate. A medium bodied wine with subtle tannin's and a smooth finish.

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