Tuscany, 2008

2008 was a very good year in Tuscany, especially for the later ripening varietals, like Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino were excellent, as were leading Super Tuscans based on these varietals.

Spring was cool and stormy, with growers seeing delayed flowering and having to thin their crop and deal with mildew and rot. Some respite came in June, which was hot and dry, but in August freak hail and near freezing conditions ruined a good chunk of the Montalcino crop.

Then came the Indian summer and balmy conditions in September and October which benefited the later ripening varieties. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon fared very well, producing more elegant wines than the norm.

Tuscany, 2008

2008 was a very good year in Tuscany, especially for the later ripening varietals, like Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino were excellent, as were leading Super Tuscans based on these varietals.

Spring was cool and stormy, with growers seeing delayed flowering and having to thin their crop and deal with mildew and rot. Some respite came in June, which was hot and dry, but in August freak hail and near freezing conditions ruined a good chunk of the Montalcino crop.

Then came the Indian summer and balmy conditions in September and October which benefited the later ripening varieties. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon fared very well, producing more elegant wines than the norm.

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  1. Antinori, Guado al Tasso, 2008

    Antinori, Guado al Tasso, 2008

    Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2019-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Antonio Galloni

    “...once again fabulous...a translucent, totally seductive style, with tons of focus, drive and verve. It is a striking wine that will be a joy to follow over the coming years.” Antonio Galloni

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