Brancaia Tre 2011
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Brancaia TRE is a wine full of character giving you drinking pleasure already at the moment of release. TRE stands for the three grape varieties Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and for our three Tuscan estates - the basis for this wine. This elegant and well structured wine ages in oak casks, is easily accessible and matches every cuisine. TRE is our third label, so we have three good reasons to name it Brancaia TRE.
Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Decanter - "Mainly Sangiovese (80%), with Cabernet and Merlot making up the blend, this is a great red made from grapes harvested in Chianti Classico and Maremma. The nose shows prunes, cassis, sweet spice and cedar tones, while the glossy palate boasts red, black and blue berries plus pepper notes and dusty tannins. "
James Suckling - "Aromas of strawberry and berry character on nose. Full body, ultra-soft tannins and a silky finish. A beautiful and delicious wine."
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 continuous recognition of BRANCAIA was built up - spearheaded by the estates top-wine Brancaia IL BLU, being already a classic for many wine lovers all over the world. The wines come from a state-of-the-art cellar. The estate is managed by the oenologist and daughter of the owners, Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, together with her husband Martin Kronenberg. They enjoy consulting support by the brilliant oenologist Dr. Carlo Ferrini. La Brancaia is one of Tuscany's top wine-growing estates, winning national and international awards every year. Its wines are sold - and bought - all over the world. View all Brancaia Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.5 out of 5 stars
18 ratings, 8 with reviewsWIll D - Biloxi, MS38/2/2014Pretty average wine to me. Don't see the 95 pt rating from Decanter.Delphine Rivers - Mifflin, PA38/20/2014Pleasant, but not memorable.95??KKF - Lancaster, PA25/13/2015Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ43/21/201538/21/2014Nothing special and can't understand marks at 93 much less 95.anonymous216531900 - Mason, OH43/27/2016Roger Mealy - Jackson, MO43/16/2016anonymous1682712677 - Laramie, WY53/15/2016FSwiver - Boyds, MD47/13/2015
Brancaia Tre Toscana 2011 is a wine of great character at $17.99. Tre is for the three grapes--Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that go into this wine. (The estate is in the Chianti Classico area, but that's not the right blend to be called Chianti.) Rich ripe berry fruit, medium-full-bodied, smooth, nice chocolate notes. I'm surprised at the number of folks below who didn't like it.NeverLift - Austin, TX25/20/2015I bought 6 bottles. Big mistake. Thin, lacking body. Waste of money. I normally honor high ratings only from Wine Advocate or Wine Spectator. This is why. Other reviewers have never steered me to a good wine.34/24/2015PRINCIPALCHEF - Malibu, CA43/10/2015
- Big & Bold
I almost rated this as 5 stars. I'm happy with 3 stars at this price, but this is a great value. I bought a case and I know I'll regret not buying more. Great food and drinking wine. Smooth and relatively complex. Strong value.Eric Covington - Frederick, MD32/28/2015Troy Mawyer - Berlin, MD32/18/2015willn77 - Brooklyn, NY21/11/2015
- Smooth & Supple
Really not consistent with the rating. Very light, which is ok. but flavor was far too sweet and fruit forward. Not enough balance. Very disappointing. Not what one looks for when buying an Italian red.Ireland123 - Bronx, NY311/30/2014
- Light & Fruity
311/25/20143-4 stars.Brandon Satoren - New York, NY59/2/2014
- Smooth & Supple