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Producer Wine Vintage Publication Date Score Detail
Carpineta Fontalpino Montaperto Chianti Classico DOCG 2018 Wine Enthusiast 31/08/2023 92

A rich and brooding nose of tar, dark fruit, camphor and spices leads to a palate that’s also rich but sweet, with a grilled meat quality balanced by mixed berries, vanilla and milk chocolate, all held together with firm but flexible tannins.

Marcarini Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2022 James Suckling 15/08/2023 90

This is floral with notes of jasmine, orchid blossom, sliced apples and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, fresh and cheerful. Medium sweet and creamy. Drink now.

Pietradolce Archineri Etna Rosso DOC 2020 James Suckling 12/08/2023 93

Ripe, savory nose for an Etna Rosso with lots of orange peel, white pepper, cloves and tangerines. Some stones and sage, too. Tight and full-bodied with a mineral texture that lightly coats the palate. Broad-shouldered tannins with a long, mineral finish. Drink or hold.

Pietradolce Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso DOC 2020 James Suckling 12/08/2023 94

Pale to medium ruby-garnet hue. A very mineral nose with crushed stones, iron, some bitter oranges, wild herbs and savory berries. Huge tannins and high acidity on an austere palate with a full body and a mineral-driven finish. Lots of bones and tension here, but no heft. Drinkable now, but better in two years. A mineral and more Barolo-like Etna Rosso.

Franz Haas Sofi Muller Thurgau Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2022 James Suckling 08/08/2023 90

Pretty aromas of lemon verbena and stony minerals follow through to a medium-bodied palate where the lemony element provides fresh and crisp flavor and the minerals add some structure. Super clean. Drink now. Screw cap.

Castello di Querceto Cignale Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2019 James Suckling 08/08/2023 94

Chili chocolate to the ripe berries, red cherries, plums and fine olives. This is juicy and refined on the palate with tightly knit tannins and a complex and lengthy finish. A lot to like here now. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Already very approachable, but will keep well in the next six to seven years.

Le Casematte Faro DOC 2021 James Suckling 07/08/2023 91

Gilled orange, tar and berry aromas follow through to a medium body, with firm tannins and an attractive length. Firm and silky textured. Drink now.

Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Sotto Casa” DOCG 2019 James Suckling 07/08/2023 95

This has a rather glossy, deep ruby hue and the orange tinge is not even developed yet. Very youthful and a lot less savory than most of the Boscarelli offerings showing the usual mineral attraction, but this comes with a little more fruit, spices and even plushness. Deep cherry, plum, mussel and oyster shell characters on the nose follow through to a full-bodied palate drenched with firm, chalky tannins. The impressive structure ends in a neat, mineral finish. Almost a bit embryonic now despite its more eclectic and probably less traditional style. Wait two to three years before opening the bottle. Should keep very well in the next 10-15 years.

Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva “Costa Grande” DOCG 2019 James Suckling 05/08/2023 95

Stony nose despite its richness. Lots of savory berries, citrus, tar, mineral, dark spices and some black tea. Almost full-bodied with a mouthful of chalky tannins crumbling on the palate, leaving a tight and comfortably austere finish. Drinkable now, but better from 2025.

Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva DOCG 2019 James Suckling 05/08/2023 95

A tight and chalky Vino Nobile Riserva here that shows a quiet yet incisive oyster-shell minerality to the savory, orangey fruit, laurel, nutmeg and berries. More depth and structure than the Vino Nobile bottling with crumbled mineral tannins that melt into a long yet understated finish. Grippy as an iron claw but nothing drying here. The impressive clarity and austerity makes you want to come back to it to finish a bottle. Drinkable now, but will keep very well in the next 10-12 years.

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