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Discover the NEXT GENERATION of SUPERTUSCANS! Our wine makers are committed to quality wines, believing that great wine making begins in the vineyard, that the cellar is not a laboratory and that nothing must be added in order to produce authentic wines with a real sense of place, of “terroir”. Some of Tuscan Vineyard Import’s producers are certified organic, others are bio-dynamic and others practice those principals but are not certified.

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ztvilinkphotoOur selected wineries present opportunities to taste some of Tuscany’s most interesting wines at modest prices. Some are traditional in style such as the Brunello di Montalcino from Pian delle Querci and the Vin Santo from Fattoria Montellori. Others such as Castello Potentino, Caiarossa, Pietro Beconcini, Podere Concori are growing varietals such as Pinot Noir, Pertit Mansang, Tempranillo, and Syrah which are not native to Tuscany but they are quite at home in their young DOCs. It is our pleasure to introduce a new generation of Super Tuscans, not only more affordable, but also more interesting than their predecessors!

 

 

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DOC Val di Cornia

 

Azienda Agricola Rigoli di Nelusco Pini:

Montepiti, 2008 DOC Val di Cornia, Sangiovese 70%, Merlot 30%

Testalto, 2007 DOC Val di Cornia, Sangiovese 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%

Rosato, 2010 IGT Toscana Rose’, Sangiovese, Merlot

L’Assiolo, 2007 IGT Toscana Rosso, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 50%

Magistro, 2007 DOC Val di Cornia Passito, Ansonica

Rigoli is a small producer who has helped elevate the DOC of Val di Cornia. Some of our favorites are L’Assiolo, a 50% Cabernet/50% Merlot Blend that is being recognized as outstanding and Magistro Passito, a deliciously sweet Ansonica that is sure to please. to see more information on their wines go to: Azienda Agricola Rigoli

IGT Toscana

Caiarossa S.R.L. Societa’ Agricola:

Caiarossa Bianco, 2009 IGT Toscana Bianco, Viognier 65%, Chardonnay 35%

Pergolaia, 2007 IGT Toscana Rosso, Sangiovese 91%, Merlot 6%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3%

Caiarossa Rosso, 2007 IGT Toscana Rosso, Cabernet Franc 25%, Merlot 25%, Sangiovese 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 14%, Native Varietals

Oro di Caiarossa, 2007 Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Petit Mansang

Caiarossa in Riparbella, near the medieval hilltop town of Volterra, is in the middle of some very beautiful landscape in the young DOC of Montescudaio. A truly international winery, it is located in Tuscany, is owned by a Dutchman and has a French winemaker! Their wines are world class as is the staff there. Its sister property is in Bordeax but this is no carbon copy. The French varietals in the premium flagship wine, Caiarossa reflect the Tuscan maritime climate. It recently received 92 points from Wine EnthusiastTheir base wine is a delicious Sangiovese that pays homage to the native varietal. Their superb dessert wine, Oro di Caiarossa is as revered as gold. This extraordinary late harvest Petit Mansang is one of only two made in the nearby area. The other producer is the noble Antinori family. Caiarossa’s bottling is available at a fraction of the price and nothing short of exquisite. It’s an ideally paired to a fine cheese plate, dessert or enjoyed on its own. Visit them at: Caiarossa S.R.L. Societa’ Agricola

Podere Co’ncori

Melograno, 2009  IGT Toscana Rosso, Syrah 60%, Pinot Nero 10%, Native Varietals 30%

Podere Co’ncori Bianco, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Pinot Blanc 40%, Chenin Blanc 20%, Gewurtzraminer 10%, Native Varietals 30%

Istrionico,  2010 IGT Toscana Vino Dolce, Gewurtzraminer, Pinot Nero

Podere Co’ncori is located near Lucca on the side of a small mountain in a landscape that reminds one more of the Appalachian hills than northern Tuscany. But the trip is worth every minute because the wines coming from this producer are fantastic. Gabriele da Prato’s wines are bio-dynamic and include a Pinot Noir, a Syrah and a unique dessert wine that is a blend of Gewertztraminer and Pinot Noir. His commitment to wine making is admirable and quickly being recognized. There are no short cuts, no compromises. Visit the winemaker’s website at: Podere Co’ncori

Macchion dei Lupi

Profeta, 2009 IGT Toscana,  Merlot

Esperienze, 2009 IGT Toscana, Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Sangiovese 30%

Carlo Parenti, is a young man with vision, passion and the ability to cook a good meal. Carlo makes three wines, two are red, one is Profeta, a 100% Merlot and Esperienze is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese blend. In 2012 a highly anticipated white Ansonica will be released. These biodynamic wines are made by hand and have the potential to surpass all your wine collection expectations, drinking well now, with the potential of aging for many years. Carlo’s website: Macchion dei Lupi

Il Debbione Maro’ di Alessandro Marconi

Maro’, 2009 IGT Toscana Rosso, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot

Vasco Maro’, 2007 IGT Toscana, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Memento Audere, 2008 IGT Toscana, Petit Verdot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%

Another Suvereto winery is Il Debbione/Maro’ di Alessandro Marconi. It is a family estate and young winemaker Alessandro, is leading the family into a new era of fine wines. He offers three reds at varying price points. All arae excellent values and are not available elsewhere in the United States. In 2012 a new wine, a refreshing rose’ will be released in time for summertime sipping on the patio. Please visit their site at: Debbione Maro’.

Tenuta Poggio Rosso

Phylika, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Vermentino

Veive, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Viognier

Tages, 2009 IGT Toscana Rosso, Sangiovese, Merlot

Velthune, 2008 IGT Toscana Rosso, Cabernet Sauvignon

We are importing wines from practically our backyard, wines from Tenuta Poggio Rosso. Diego Monelli and family, owners of Tenuta Poggio Rosso, are new comers to wine making. They have been making wine for a few years now and wow, do they make good wines! Poggio Rosso has four wines in their line up, two whites and two reds. All four are now available the States through Tuscan Vineyard Imports. We have a fondness for Diego, for his wines of course, and for his family as well. They restored property that had been in my family for generations. Tuscan table wine was made on this property for years. With great care Diego is keeping the wine making  tradition alive – but he is not making table wine. Diego is making sophisticated Italian wines with French varietals, and so far the wine is only getting better! Visit his website at: Tenuta Poggio Rosso

Tenuta Sant’ Agata

Vespero, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Chardonnay 50%, Viognier 50%

Verpero, 2009 IGT Toscana Rosso, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Syrah 50%

Tenuta Sant’ Agata, produces Vespero Bianco and Rosso, both currently categorized as IGT Toscana. Soon the estate will be reclassified as a prestigious Bolgheri DOC. Overlooking the green hills of Castagneto Carducci, lush with native oaks and olive trees, this truly tiny producer makes two delicious wines. A Cab/Syrah blend and a Chardonnay/Viogner blend. You can be one of the few to taste them in the US! … Please visit the website to learn more about their wines: Tenuta Sant’ Agata

Podere San Michele di Socci & Sabatini

Allodio, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Viognier

We recently found another winery very close to home. They have a reputation for making private label wines for some of Italy’s most outstanding restauranteurs. We are proud to bring you Podere San Michele’s Allodio Bianco. This interpretation of Viognier is light, refreshing and a pleasure to drink. To read more about Podere San Michele, visit: Podere San Michele di Socci & Sabatini

 

Azienda Agricola Ivana Cupelli

Brut Methode Traditional, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Trebbiano

Ivanna Cupelli makes a great dry sparkling wine in Tuscany. The prior generation made traditional Vin Santo from their Trebbiano vines, but today an amazing Sparkling wine is being produced! The potential for their wine is amazing since the vines used are mature and retain an incredibly high level of acidity that makes it ideal for a dry sparkling wine. Using a French consultant from Champagne, Cupelli is producing traditional style bottle fermented sparking wine, similar in style but more affordable than its illustrious French cousin. They have a very nice website to visit at: Azienda Agricola Ivanna Cupelli

DOC/DOCG Chianti

 

Pietro Beconcini Agricola

Antiche Vie, 2010 Chianti DOCG Colli delle Toscana Centrale, Sangiovese 70%, Native Varietals 30%

Pietro Beconcini, 2009 Chianti Riserva DOCG Colli Toscana Centrale, Sangiovese 85%, Native Varietals 15%

Maurleo, 2008 IGT Toscana Rosso, Sangiovese 50%, Malvasia Nera 50%

IXE, 2008 IGT Toscana Rosso, Tempranillo 90%, Sangiovese 10%

Reciso, 2007 IGT Toscana Rosso, Sangiovese

Vignia delle Nicchie, 2007 IGT Toscana Rosso, Tempranillo

Caratello, 2001 DOCG Vino Santo del Chianti, Malvasia Bianca 50%, Malvasia Nera 30%, Trebbiano 10%, Colombano 10%

We have found a very unique winery outside of Florence, near San Miniato. Third generation winemaker Leonardo Beconcini is highly respected in the area for his traditional Chianti and his not so traditional Tempranillo! Under his direction, ancient vines were examined and discovered to be Tempranillo, probably brought in the form of seed by Spanish pilgrims headed for Rome hundreds of years ago. This Tempranillo is not like its Spanish cousin, but a modern interpretation that is unique in its style and terroir. Leo is solely responsible for the addition of Tempranillo in IGT Toscana permissible varietals! To read a review of one of their wines go to:

http://italianwinereview.blogspot.com/2012/01/tuscan-tempranillo-and-more-at-pietro.html

Also to visit their website: Pietro Beconcini or chat with wife Eva on Facebook!

Fattoria Montellori

Mandorlo, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Chardonnay 60%, 40% blend of Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier

Chianti Superiore Caselle, 2009 Chianti DOCG Colli delle Toscana Centrale, Sangiovese

Il Moro, 2008 IGT Toscana Rosso, Sangiovese 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Merlot 15%

Vin Santo, 2004 DOC Bianco dell’ Empolese, Trebbiano

Furthermore, we found another winery in the same Chianti Colli della Toscana Centrale DOC, with a varied and outstanding collection of wines. Visit their website: Frattoria Montellori. We have included some of our favorites in our portfolio which include of course a Chianti (Riserva) an un-oaked Chardonnay blend which is uncommon in Tuscany but sure to please even non-chardonnay drinkers, a knockout Super Tuscan and a classic Vin Santo to round out the selection.

Fattoria Dianella

Vegile di Neri, 2010 IGT Toscana Rosso, Sangiovese 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%

Dolci Recordi, 2009 Vendemmia Tardiva, Trebbiano, Malvasia Lunga

Chianti Riserva, 2008 Chianti DOCG Colli delle Toscana Centrale, Sangiovese

Il Matto de Guincaie, 2009 IGT Toscana Rosso, Sangiovese Cru

Fattoria Dianella is an extraordinary estate to visit. It was built in the renaissance by the Medici family as a hunting estate; thus the reference in the name to Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt. The Medici family crest still remains on the exterior of the villa. The Chianti produced here is so outstanding and unique we felt compelled to bring it back to the US. It is more reminiscent of a fresh feminine Pinot Noir than of the jugs of Chianti from a generation ago. These are appealing wines that rely on genuine wine making and are relative low in alcohol. To see the elegant hunting estate and learn more about their wines go to: Fattoria Dianaelle

DOC/DOCG Montalcino

 

Azienda Agricola Montalcino Pian delle Querci

Rosso di Montalcino, 2010 DOC Rosso di Montalcino, Sangiovese

Brunello di Montalcino, 2005 DOC Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese

Brunello Riserva, 2006 DOC Brunello Riserva di Montalcino, Sangiovese

Montalcino offers great views and great wine. We have been lucky enough to experience both. Now, we can offer you traditional and affordable wine from Montalcino from: Pian delle Querci. Their Rosso, Brunello and Brunello Riserva adhere to tradition by making wine in massive oak barrels (Botti) and keeping production small. The result is classic wine that pays homage to the elegance and sense of terroir that is possible to achieve with the Sangiovese Grosso clone in Montalcino. Pian delle Querci’s Brunello Riserva is made to age gracefully but is also surprisingly ready to drink thanks to its elegant tannins and balanced acidity.

DOC Montecucco

Castello di Potentino:

Lyncurio, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Pinot Nero, Blanc de Noir

Piropo, 2008 IGT Toscana Rosso, Pinot Nero

Balaxus, 2008 IGT Toscana rosso, Alicante 50%, Sangiovese

Sacramonte, 2007 DOC Montecucco, Sangiovese

 

Castello Di Potentino is a thousand year old castle with British owners who are making really great wines! The castle still retains a massive fireplace used to heat oil to pour on invaders. We invaded for a pleasant day trip to try their amazing wines.

This is the second restoration and wine making project for the Greene family. Charlotte Horton is a hands-on owner and is recognized for her signature style in interior design as well as wine making. She is an innovator in this new Montecucco DOC zone by making mind boggling good Pinot Noir. It is Pinot Noir like I have never tasted. So fresh, so unique it is difficult to describe. I only know that when I taste her wine, I want to drink more! Charlotte has further innovated by making a very rare version of Pinot Noir, a  still, not sparkling Blanc de Noir. The appeal of this wine cannot be exaggerated. Truly one of the finest whites I have had the good fortune to taste. These wines are quickly receiving the highest of marks in the latest wine guides. Good show Charlotte!

Visit the castle at: Castello Di Potentino

 

 

DOC Bolgheri

Azienda Agricola Fornacelle:

Fronacelle, 2010 IGT Toscana Bianco, Semillion

Foglio 38, 2008 IGT Toscana Rosso, Cabernet Franc

Zizzolo, 2009 Bolgheri DOC Rosso, Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%

Fornacelle is located down a short gravel road, but worth the bumpy ride. They are some of the nicest winemakers we have come across during  adventure, who make very good wine. Their Foglio 38 and Le Macchiole’s Paleo are among the top 100% Cabernet Francs in the area. In 2013 they will be included in Bolgheri’s DOC. This varietal is usually bottled as a blend in France, but in sunny Tuscany it has the opportunity to reach full pheonolic ripeness. Semillion is the unusual white monovarietal used in their flagship Fornacelle. Glance at their website to get a better understanding of what we found so appealing: Fattoria Fornacelle

 

Azienda Agricola Giovanni Chiappini:

Le Grottine, 2010 DOC Bolgheri Vernemtino, Vermentino

Ferruggini, 2009 DOC Bolgheri Rosso, Sangiovese 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%

Felciano, 2009 DOC Bolgheri Rosso, Sangiovese 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 25%

Giovanni Chiappini, and his sommelier daughter Martina, live in the 50 year old family winery in the middle of Bolgheri. In fact they are neighbors to Ornellaia. They are very intune with their land, and are in the process of being certified as organic producers. Very high quality whites and reds results from their hand labor. Take a look at their website at: Azienda Agricola Giovanni Chiappini

 

Azienda Agricola Le Grascete:

Le Grascete, 2009 Bolgheri DOC Rosso, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Antero, 2009 IGT Toscana Rosso, Merlot

Grale, 2010 Bolgheri DOC Rosso, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Sangiovese 40%, Merlot 10%

Le Grascete is one of the smallest producers in Bolgheri. We visited late one afternoon and stayed late into the evening talking about wine. This producer makes three delicious reds. We couldn’t choose a favorite so we carry all three! The Sangiovese is soft yet elegant, and one of the few Sangiovese blends remaining in the Francophile fury of Bolgheri. A monovarietal of Merlot is an excellent midpriced offering and their memorable Bolgheri Rosso is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, a baby Sassicaia if you will…More information on their wines can found at: Azienda Agricola Le Grascete

bottlereportTuscan Vineyard Imports toured with the winemaker from Tenuta Poggio Rosso, David Cassini. One of our stops was in Agusta, Georgia, where we met wine shop owners, restauranteurs and a reporter from the Bottle Report. The article about Tenuta Poggio Rosso, A “Red Hill” Presentation can be viewed at  thebottlereport.com.

It was a wonderful evening and a pleasure to meet some new people and visit with some old friends. If you’d like some additional information about Tenuta Poggio Rosso’s wines, or any other of the wineries we represent, or visiting any of the wineries in our portfolio, just drop us a note here, Contact Us