David Lawrason picks nine new Tuscan reds to splurge on this fall
Tuscany is Italy’s most famous wine region. At its centre, enveloping Florence and Siena, is Chianti, the hilly, vineyard-lined area responsible for the country’s signature wine. Made primarily with sangiovese grapes, Chianti is tangy with tart-edged redcurrant and earthy flavours that evoke the comfort of lazy, casual pasta dinners. But nowadays, there’s much more to Tuscany than rustic Chianti. Italian vintners have planted French varietals such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah.Whether blended with sangiovese or used on their own, they produce smoother, more sophisticated and complex reds (colloquially known as supertuscans). And the warmer coastal regions—Bolgheri, Maremma and Grosseto—are turning out big, rich, modern wines that could easily pass for New World reds. Several of these exciting new Tuscans are now available at the LCBO. The best ones are refined while still capturing the old-school vitality that made the region famous.
Scores: David Lawrason assigns scores on a 100-point scale. They reflect a wine’s overall quality. A rating of 95 to 100 is outstanding; 90 to 94 excellent; 85 to 89 very good; 80 to 84 good.