White wines : Toscana

Florence’s region continues to advance its position as the nation’s most dynamic producer of premium wines, following decades of turning out popular Chianti in straw-covered flasks. Tuscany’s modern renaissance in wine began in Chianti, in the central hills around Siena and Florence, but it rapidly spread to take in the strip along the Mediterranean coast that was not previously noted for vineyards. Much of the progress has come with classical reds based on the native Sangiovese vine, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Carmignano, all DOCG. But growing success with other reds has been augmented by new styles of whites to enhance the region’s reputation. Chianti, still the dominant force in Tuscan viniculture, is the most voluminous and widely sold classified wine. Its multifarious nature is quintessentially Italian.

Chianti is produced in eight distinct zones and adjacent areas that cover a vast territory of central Tuscany. In those hills variations in soil and climate contribute as much to the individuality of each authentic estate wine as do winemakers’ quests for creative styles. Some Chianti is still fairly fresh, easy and quaffable, though a growing portion is rich and elaborate and capable of becoming aristocratic with age. Much Chianti is identified by its subdistricts, most prominently Classico. What Chianti has in common with all of the traditional red wines of Tuscany is its major grape variety Sangiovese. From good vintages, pure Sangiovese wines are rich in body and intricate in flavor with deep ruby-garnet colors. Some are smooth and round almost from the start, but others need years to develop the nuances of bouquet and flavor.

Tuscany’s appellation of greatest stature is Brunello di Montalcino. Brunello is now issued under more than a hundred labels, representing small farms, established estates and even international corporations. Brunello producers also make the DOCs of Rosso di Montalcino (a younger wine from Sangiovese), the sweet white Moscadello di Montalcino (from Moscato) and a range of wines that carry the appellation Sant’Antimo.

Not far from Montalcino is Montepulciano with its Vino Nobile, made from a type of Sangiovese known as Prugnolo Gentile. The nobile entered the name centuries ago. After a lapse of decades, Vino Nobile has made an impressive comeback under DOCG and is once again living up to its name. Producers may also produce the DOC Rosso di Montepulciano as a younger alternative to Vino Nobile. Carmignano rates special mention. Today this rare red from Sangiovese and Cabernet ranks as DOCG, though the red Barco Reale and other wines of Carmignano remain as DOC. Pomino is a high altitude DOC zone with a red that blends Sangiovese with Cabernet and Merlot and a special white which includes Chardonnay and Pinot. Among numerous other DOC reds, Morellino di Scansano, grown in the coastal hills of the Maremma, is strongly on the rise.

The Sangiovese-Cabernet blend of Tignanello served as the model for Tuscany’s new style of red wine aged in small oak barrels or barriques instead of ancient casks. Then came Cabernet-Sangiovese blends and, later, reds from Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Nero. Inspired by the success of Cabernet and Merlot in Bolgheri, wines from the coastal sector of Tuscany have risen rapidly in prestige to challenge the central hills for supremacy. In the heart of the Maremma, as the coastal hills of southwestern Tuscany are known, lies the Morellino di Scansano zone, source of a red based on Sangiovese.

Other DOC zones of promise include Val di Cornia, Montecucco, Monteregio di Massa Marittima, Montescudaio, Capalbio and Sovana. The pride of many a Tuscan winemaker is the rich Vin Santo, which has become DOC in many zones around the region. Vin Santo can be an exquisite dessert or aperitif wine. Most Vin Santo is made from white varieties, mainly Malvasia and Trebbiano, though the type called Occhio di Pernice comes from red wine grapes. Until recently, Tuscan whites rarely enjoyed much prestige. Exceptions to the rule stand out from the crowd. Vernaccia di San Gimignano has enjoyed a revival that led to its promotion as the region’s first white DOCG. Vermentino has spread through the coastal hills as a white variety of outstanding promise. Recently, whites of depth and complexity have been produced in Tuscany, made from such international varieties as Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Bianco and Grigio.
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Castello di Monsanto - Chardonnay Fabrizio Bianchi 2006
Castello di Monsanto - Chardonnay Fabrizio Bianchi 2006
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Good  9 reviews   
Caroline Henry :  A woody Chardy which needs a little food - Dry, a little stonefruit (apricot,... 
Tenuta Ripalte - Vermentino di Toscana 2010
Tenuta Ripalte - Vermentino di Toscana 2010
Toscana (Italy)
Good  8 reviews   
Caroline Henry :  Great swimming pool wine... - Dry, light and pretty straight foward white... 
Marchesi de Frescobaldi - Castello di Pomino - Pomino Bianco 2004
Marchesi de Frescobaldi - Castello di Pomino - Pomino Bianco 2004
Pomino DOC (Toscana, Italy)
Very good  2 reviews   
 Le Mortelle - Vivia 2013
Le Mortelle - Vivia 2013
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Very good  1 review   
CdBianco 2012
CdBianco 2012
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Excellent  1 review   
Poderi del Paradiso - Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012
Poderi del Paradiso - Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG (Toscana, Italy)
Satisfying  1 review   
Sereno e Nuvole 2012
Sereno e Nuvole 2012
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Good  1 review   
Teruzzi e Puthod - Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012
Teruzzi e Puthod - Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG (Toscana, Italy)
Very good  1 review   
Vermentino di Monteverro 2012
Vermentino di Monteverro 2012
Toscana (Italy)
Excellent  1 review   
 Le Mortelle - Vivia 2011
Le Mortelle - Vivia 2011
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Very good  1 review   
Agricola Querciabella IGT Batar 2011
Agricola Querciabella IGT Batar 2011
Toscana (Italy)
Excellent  1 review   
Ansonaco 2011
Ansonaco 2011
Toscana (Italy)
Excellent  1 review   
Azienda Agricola Il Rio Annita 2011
Azienda Agricola Il Rio Annita 2011
Toscana (Italy)
Very good  1 review   
Ballo Angelico 2011
Ballo Angelico 2011
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Good  1 review   
Biancamara 2011
Biancamara 2011
Maremma DOC (Toscana, Italy)
Excellent  1 review   
Campo al Noce 2011
Campo al Noce 2011
Montecucco DOC (Toscana, Italy)
Good  1 review   
Cappella Sant'Andrea Rialto 2011
Cappella Sant'Andrea Rialto 2011
Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG (Toscana, Italy)
Good  1 review   
Donna Olimpia Bolgheri Bianco 2011
Donna Olimpia Bolgheri Bianco 2011
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Excellent  1 review   
Gugu Toscana Bianco 2011
Gugu Toscana Bianco 2011
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Good  1 review   
La Poderina Toscana - Intregona 2011
La Poderina Toscana - Intregona 2011
Toscana IGT (Toscana, Italy)
Good  1 review   
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