Masterclass Teaser – The Wines of Tuscany
Posted on 01 February 2021
For February we’re heading to the land of Florence and Siena, rolling hills and romance, it can only be Tuscany!
For the rest of the month on the blog, we’ll be talking through the joys of the re-emergence of Chianti Classico as a serious wine, we’ll take a look at the smaller productions of high-class reds and whites, and we’ll also touch on the fabulous Tuscan food that’s on offer.
But first, up we’re going to give a quick rundown, a teaser if you will, on the wines you can all look forward to at our Virtual Tasting at the end of this month, Friday 26th February 2021.
WINE ONE – Vernaccia di San Gimignano by Cesani
The only white wine DOCG in Tuscany, these are wines made from the Vernaccia grape in the hills surrounding the stunning hilltop town of San Gimignano. These higher altitude sites mean that the warm days are followed by cool nights, retaining the freshness in the grapes throughout the growing season and allowing extra ripe flavors to build upon the vine.
Cesani makes some of the best wines of all the San Gimignano area. These days the wine is made with the assistance of oenologist Paolo Caciorgna, “… one of Italy’s least known but very best winemakers.” Cesani’s organic vineyards are located in the sub-area of Pancole, which characteristically yields the most intensely flavourful Vernaccia di San Gimignano of all.
WINE TWO – Chianti Classico DOCG Le Corti by Principe Corsini
Chianti is a word synonymous with Italian wine. References to Chianti date back to the 13th century, and the heartland of the region, Chianti Classico, was established by Medici Grand Duke Cosimo III way back in 1716. It was in the late 19th century, however, that Baron Bettino Ricasoli laid down the marker for modern Chianti, expressing a love for the Sangiovese grape that has gone on to dominate this area of Italy and further afield. Let these wines take you back to glorious sun-kissed hillsides with their red fruit, herbal and gentle tannic expression.
In an archetypal “Chiantishire” countryside rises a Renaissance villa that is the home of the Principe Duccio Corsini, a cheroot-chewing connoisseur of Chianti, and also a gardening expert to boot! The family prides itself on both its wine and agricultural roots, still supplying fabulous wines and olive oils using centuries-old know-how. The Corsini family boasts nine centuries of history, is one of the few Florentine families with illustrious ancestors including Pope Clement XII and Saint Andrea Corsini, Bishop of Fiesole.
In contrast to the medieval origins of his family home, his world-famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini helps him craft very modern wines. They display richness, depth of color and fruit and noteworthy complexity.
WINE THREE – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano by Salcheto
Nobile di Montepulciano is a historical and important red wine from Tuscany, with origins dating back to the 1600s, before even Chianti and Brunello. This was Tuscany’s first DOCG classified wine. Despite the term Montepulciano in the title, this has nothing to do with the Montepulciano grape made famous across the Apennines in Abruzzo. It refers to the Tuscan town of Montepulciano, the epicenter of the winemaking. The majority of the wine needs to be made from Sangiovese, Tuscany’s dominant and luxury red grape variety.
Salcheto is named after the Salcheto stream that runs through the hilly, twenty-one-hectare property where the highest slopes reach above 650 meters. All the wines share a great deal of finesse with great drinkability and defined small red fruit character. More so, Salcheto is at the forefront of the sustainability movement in wine in Tuscany. Not only is their vineyard space organically certified, but they also take serious thought on their carbon footprint, water footprint, and biodiversity index. Their Nobile di Montepulciano is made from 100% organically grown Sangiovese.