Brancaia Ilatraia 2010
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
#86 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Named for a hillside in our estate vineyard, Brancaia in Maremma, our 2010 Ilatraia is a wine with intense aromas and flavors of liquorice and blueberry. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long finish.
Wine Spectator - "This is pure and oh-so-silky, featuring flavors of black currant, violet and sweet spice, with a hint of tobacco. The supple texture is offset by refined tannins as this cruises to a long aftertaste of black currant and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2024"
The Wine Advocate - "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot, the 2010 Ilatraia is a wine of gorgeous intensity and clarity. This muscular wine shows power and heft with thick tones of blackberry and cassis. Soft layering characterizes the finish. "
James Suckling - "Lots of dark licorice and blueberries on the nose. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. This is whole and balanced. Best in 2013, but who can wait? A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "It is fascinating to taste the 2010 Ilatraia next to the 2011. Here, the cooler growing season gives this Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc an element of freshness and vibrancy that is quite appealing. Sweet floral and spice notes add an element of freshness that adds lift to layers of finely woven dark red fruit. The 2010 has a little less body than the 2011, which makes me think it will mature sooner, but both vintages are pretty."
Wine Enthusiast - "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this brings forth earthy aromas of tilled soil, ripe black berries, plum and a touch of leather. The ripe palate offers fleshy black cherry and blackberry accented by cinnamon and white pepper notes, all alongside soft, round tannins."
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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 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 Review43.9 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 1 with reviewDouglas Mannoni - Shawnee Mission, KS37/12/2016Carlos Galvan - Jackson, TN45/22/2016anthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN59/7/2015
This wine does a great job of combining power with freshness. The nose is dominated by herbs, blackberry and a hint of mint jelly. It is medium to full bodied with super soft, velvety tannins. Flavor profile is dominated by blackberry, herbs, and blueberry.Finish is clean and lasts for 20plus seconds.sherin - Young America, MN410/28/2014
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