Petrolo Toscana Glatrona 2013:
The violets and blackberries show wonderfully on the nose here, yet this remains subtle and complex, with hints of walnuts. Full body, ultra-fine and firm tannins, and a beautiful fruit and mineral undertone. Tight and substantial, so layered. Another example of finesse and beauty with this pure merlot. Better in 2018.
Castello Di Ama Toscana L'apparita 2011:
A deep, exotic and charming red with ripe berry, plum and orange peel character. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a caressing texture. Goes on for minutes. So beautiful now, but will be even better in 2018 -- possibly the greatest l'Apparita ever.
Masseto Toscana 2012:
Fantastic aromas of lavender, rosemary, violets and currants. Full body and a wonderful concertration of fruit, with tense and taut energy. the new wood is exposed now, but will become integrated and polished -- give it three or four years. The pure merlot magic is there. The 2011 was perfect and this is very close indeed. Drink in 2019.
Fattoria Le Pupille Toscana Saffredi 2012:
A phenomenal Saffredi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. Cements its reputation as the Lafite of Tuscany. Aromas and flavours of currants, mint and wet earth. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful, yet so balanced.
Duemani Cabernet Franc Costa Della Toscana 2012:
The clarity and beauty of ths wine are breathtaking. Full body, phenomenal depth of fruit and silky tannins. There's polish and finesse, yet the strength is monumental. Better in 2018, but why wait? Demeter-certified biodynamic.
Sette Ponti Toscana Oreno 2013:
Terrific texture and balance, with polished tannins that are ethereal and harmonious. Excellent depth and full-bodied, yet fresh -- this is about combining elegance with power. It's very Latour in style. Better in 2017, but so fine now. Blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot.
Castello Del Rampolla Toscana D'Alceo 2011:
Very firm and dense with fantastic structure, a superb depth of fruit and silky tannins. Full body showing a core of ripe fruit featuring currents and blackberries, as well as minerals and fresh mushrooms. Better in 2018.
Marchesi Antinori Toscana Solaia 2012:
Extremely impressive ripe dark fruits such as blueberries, plums and blackperries follow through to a full body, a round texture and bright acidity. The finesse and depth to this red is stunning, making it a wonderful successor to the 2011 Solaia. Needs three or four years to soften and open. Better in 2018.
Mazzei Toscana Siepi 2012:
Fanstastic depth of fruit and mouthfeel, with blackberries, blueberries, spices, walnuts, fresh herbs, and orange peel. Full body, round and savoury tannins, and a mouth-watering finish. Blend of sangiovese and merlot. Easily the best Siepi ever; it celebrates 20 years of production. Drink or hold.
Tua Rita Toscana Redigaffi 2012:
Superb wine here, offering aromas of dark berries, tobacco, tar, blackberries and black cherries. This pure merlot changes al the time and is very complex with hints of meat. Better in 2018 but a fabulous young wine to taste now. A modern example of the legendary 1997, but more elegant.