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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, 2014 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. 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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  3. Brunello di Montalcino, Tenute Silvo Nardi

    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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  4. Brunello di Montalcino, Tenute Silvo Nardi

    Brunello di Montalcino, Tenute Silvo Nardi, 2011 75cl

    Deep ruby red in colour with a complex fruity aroma integrated with hints of sweet vanilla. Big and full on the palate with a smooth, structured and powerful finish.

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  5. Chianti Classico, Geografico

    Chianti Classico, Geografico, 2014 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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  6. Chianti, Duca di Sasseta,

    Chianti, Duca di Sasseta, 2015 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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  7. Chianti Classico Riserva, Montegiachi

    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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  8. Crognolo, Tenuta Sette Ponti

    Crognolo, Tenuta Sette Ponti, 2013 75cl

    Made from Sangiovese and Merlot, this wine has fantastic aromas of blackberries, coffee and toasted oak with big silky tannins and a long, long finish.

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  9. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Taverna Nova

    Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Taverna Nova, Roxan, 2015 75cl

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

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  10. Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno, Monte Schiavo

    Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno, Monte Schiavo, 2011 75cl

    A ripe, red berry and cherry nose. The flavour is approachable and driven by blackberry, red fruits and an underlying subtle spice. The finish is lively and lingers with well balanced tannin.

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  11. Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany

    Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany, 2012 75cl

    Restrained ripe fruit on the nose presents itself with the same soft elegance on the palate with cassis by far the most dominant flavour. Black and red berry fruit character develops, joined by herby notes and firm tannin. Very well structured, with a clean and generous finish of tremendous length. A superb wine with pedigree, and a reputation that is entirely justified.

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  12. Vino Santo del Chianti Geografico

    Vin Santo del Chianti Geografico, Italy, 2011 75cl

    Amber in colour and with a nose full of fruit and nut. Strong flavours of apricot are supported by this nutty texture in a very rich fashion with plenty figs and raisins to boot. Made in the traditional way, it stands out among its peers.

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