Brancaia Ilatraia 2006

Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy

$80.00 $49.99
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Item No. 121265
  • red wine
  • RP93
  • WS92
  • WE92
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • WS92
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Winemaker's Notes

Pair with food with balanced, intense flavors, meat and game dishes – fried or stewed – for poultry such as pigeon or pheasant.

Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese, 10% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

"The estate's 2006 Ilatraia is an unqualified success in this vintage. Super-ripe dark cherries are intermingled with spices, minerals and French oak in this generous, expansive wine from Tuscany's Maremma. There is tons of length here to go along with the wine's sumptuous, generous personality. This is probably not a long-term ager, but it should drink beautifully over the mid-term."
93 Points

"Shows aromas of currant and fresh herbs, such as basil and sage. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a balanced, pretty, juicy finish. Delicious already. This is always outstanding."
92 Points

"Power, elegance and complexity describe this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot. The aromas are dark and penetrating with layers that recall leather, tobacco, black fruit and spice. The wine boasts a long finish, firm but smooth tannins and soft nuances of cherry and chocolate on the close."
92 Points

Learn About Brancaia Map ItMap It

La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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