Brancaia Ilatraia 2007
Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
The 2007 Brancaia Ilatraia is a modern and terroir-typical blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese, 10% Petit Verdot.
Pair with food with balanced, intense flavors, meat and game dishes – fried or stewed.
"Currant, blackberry, mint and licorice aromas lead to a full-bodied palate, with a solid core of beautiful, ripe, opulent fruit and polished tannins. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot."
"This is really polished and beautiful with blueberries, vanilla and cream aromas and flavors. Full body, with soft, silky tannins and a long finish. Very fruit forward, sexy style."
"The 2007 Ilatraia is awesome. Black cherries, violets, minerals, mocha, spices and French oak are some of the nuances that flow from this round, enveloping wine. The 2007 Ilatraia is quite intense, dark and brooding. While the richness of the fruit makes the wine delicious today, it will be even better in a few years. Ilatraia is Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot from vineyards in Maremma that spent 18 months in French oak. The warmth and sheer volume of Maremma comes through in spades in this vintage, which is among the finest I have tasted of this relatively young bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027."
The Wine Advocate
"Fully saturated inky ruby. Superripe blackberry, coffee liqueur and plum jam aromas convey an almost decadent quality. Supple, sweet and densely packed, with savory and floral notes adding interest to the smooth, rich berry flavors, and ripe, harmonious acidity giving shape and energy to the wine. Finishes with big, broad tannins and notes of milk chocolate and licorice that coat the entire palate. Another very well-made modern-style wine that lays on wave after wave of sweet, low-acid, chocolatey-ripe fruit. Not my idea of wine I want to enjoy at dinner, but it will undoubtedly appeal to many."
International Wine Cellar
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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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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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