"The 1997 Il Merlotto is a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 2-year old French barrels. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuously ripe nose of blackberries, cherry liqueur, and toast. Deep, full-bodied, and rich, with a layered, low acid, chewy texture, and an intense, lightly tannic finish, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Legendary in Italy for its Renaissance art and striking landscape, Tuscany is also home to many of the country’s best red wines. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, as either the single varietal, or a dominant player, in almost all of Tuscany’s best.
A remarkable Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.