Tuscany, 2010

The 2010 Tuscan vintage was average, being dominated by the weather, which challenged growers to the maximum. The best wines show finesse and elegance rather than ripeness and power, and those growers who practiced careful vineyard management, strict selection and patience, coupled with great terroirs, produced some great wines. Elsewhere the results were very patchy.

A wet spring from April to June delayed budding and flowering, but a hot, dry July got things moving in the vineyard to an extent, only for showers to reconvene from the end of August and throughout September. Achieving healthy, ripe grapes was a real challenge (especially for the thin skinned Sangiovese), but those who did mange this were successful. Late harvesting (in October) was essential to achieve ripeness, and knowing your producers is key in such a variable year.

Tuscany, 2010

The 2010 Tuscan vintage was average, being dominated by the weather, which challenged growers to the maximum. The best wines show finesse and elegance rather than ripeness and power, and those growers who practiced careful vineyard management, strict selection and patience, coupled with great terroirs, produced some great wines. Elsewhere the results were very patchy.

A wet spring from April to June delayed budding and flowering, but a hot, dry July got things moving in the vineyard to an extent, only for showers to reconvene from the end of August and throughout September. Achieving healthy, ripe grapes was a real challenge (especially for the thin skinned Sangiovese), but those who did mange this were successful. Late harvesting (in October) was essential to achieve ripeness, and knowing your producers is key in such a variable year.

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  1. Castelli Martinozzi, Brunello di Montalcino, 2010

    Castelli Martinozzi, Brunello di Montalcino, 2010

    Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - Wine Enthusiast

    "...structure and elegance, delivering juicy wild cherry, strawberry, pepper, licorice and pipe tobacco framed in bright acidity and firm, refined tannins." Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast

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  2. Case Basse Soldera, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 1997

    Case Basse Soldera, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 1997

    Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Antonio Galloni

    "... tons of super-ripe fruit that fill out its structured frame with notable opulence. This is a superb Brunello made in a generous, rewarding style." Antonio Galloni

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