“Cold and wet, the 2014 growing season presented many challenges, including pressure from fungal diseases, lack of sunshine and warmth, and abundant rainfall. However, from the end of August through September, the weather was perfect, an advantage for Tuscany’s workhorse grape, the late-ripening Sangiovese.”
While not all the vineyards under-performed it is just a vintage to avoid.
The 2015 vintage is another story and the wines are just starting to appear on store shelves. The growing conditions in 2015 revolved around a hot summer with ample rain followed by a lovely end to the summer growing season. Now this is a vintage to keep an eye on.
From the WineSpectator “The Good News: Tuscan vintners are excited about the potential quality of their 2015 wines, particularly the Sangiovese.
The Bad News: Yields were down in many areas, roughly 10 to 30 percent, depending on the estate, thanks to smaller berries and clusters.
Promising Grapes: Sangiovese in Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Montepulciano all look good.
Challenging Areas and Grapes: The weather was a little more irregular on the coast, in Bolgheri and Maremma. White grapes also struggled in many areas.”
James Suckling – “I explained to the 50 or so wine producers and enologists who also joined the tasting that a great barrel sample is already a great wine. This is the sign of excellent quality.” This is being compared to the great 2007 vintage.
You will find recommendations on my blog. Like most European producers case lots are small as the vineyards are smaller than in the US, Australia/ New Zealand, and South America. So my intent was also to provide a taste profile that you can match with your desires. Then go and find a wine from a vineyard in the same region in your price range and enjoy.
Antinori Chianti Classico Pèppoli 2015 rated 90 @ $28
Ripe and fresh, this red evokes cherry, sandalwood, almond, tar, mineral and earth flavors. The tannins are dense, yet this is pure, with a long finish. Drink now through 2024. 6,500 cases imported.
Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano rated 90 @ $17
An elegant red, balancing cherry, leather, tobacco and earth notes with a vibrant structure. Still firm, playing out with mineral and tobacco accents on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 7,900 cases made.
Bocelli Sangiovese Toscana 2015 rated 90 @ $19
Raspberry and bilberry aromas and flavors are the main themes, with supporting notes of spice, earth and tobacco leaf. Lively tannins bristle under the finish. Drink now through 2024. 18,000 cases made
Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2015 rated 91 @ 27
Bright, delicate and vibrant, with berry and floral flavors. Accents of earth, tobacco and spice add interest as they linger on the finish. Well-rounded and long. Drink now through 2023. 16,666 cases made.
Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano 2015 rated 90 @ $15
This red opens with ripe plum and cherry fruit, yet it also has a brooding side. Firm tannins provide support, while earth and iron elements add depth. Best from 2018 through 2023. 17,000 cases made
Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore 2015 rated 90 @ $16
Rich and aromatic, boasting cherry, wild herb, tobacco and spice flavors. A solid swath of tannins keeps a tight grip on the finish. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2023. 15,000 cases imported. –
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2015 rated 90 @ $20
Pure cherry aromas and flavors are enhanced by a smoky element in this juicy, round red. Hints of earth and mineral add interest on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 17,000 cases made