90/100 to Grand Noir 2012 by Tanzer
The wine critic Ian D’Agata says and 89 to the Burchino Genius Loci Sangiovese
Also this year the work done in the constant search for quality of our wines rewards us. 90/100 is the rating given to the Grand Noir Toscana IGT 2012 Tenuta di Poggio al Casone by a magazine known for its rigorous judgments, the Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar.
Tanzer, since 1985, is the direct rival of the Wine Advocate, which fights the fiery prose with a more composed style, but with the same kind of rigour. Among the leading critics in the field of wine, Tanzer is the one closest to the consumer; This has been demonstrated by comparing judgements on Cellar tracker, the website where every wine lover can express his opinion.
In Italy Tanzer has a young and very expert collaborator: Ian D'Agata, the autochthonous variety paladin, who at the moment is writing a monumental work of art on the subject. But that's not all, Ian writes for the major British wine magazine “Decanter” and teaches at the New York University.
Here his judgment:
Grand Noir Toscana IGT Poggio al Casone 2012
(100% grand noir): Deep ruby. Spicy nuances of quinine and cinnamon accent ripe red berries on the enticing nose. Bright and juicy, offering delicate red berry and floral flavors that linger nicely on the back end, which is smooth but vibrant thanks to lively, harmonious acidity. Not unlike a village Burgundy even if it's less aromatic than usual owing to the very hot 2012 vintage. I'm willing to bet that no reader has ever tasted a wine made exclusively from this variety: Grand Noir is a teinturier, and to the best of my knowledge this is the first-ever estate to have made a monovarietal bottling with it. Considering how uninteresting many wines made with teinturiers are, this is really quite promising; it appears that yet another Italian native grape has been rescued from extinction.
Besides the Grand Noir also another of our wines got a great judgment by the same critic, Ian D'Agata:
Genius Loci Toscana IGT Burchino 2010
Medium-deep ruby-red. Spicy aromas of red cherry, sandalwood and underbrush. Suave and juicy, with a ripe red cherry flavor complemented by delicate oaky nuances. Finishes moderately long but with a trace of alcoholic heat. This estate is located near Terriciola, an area that has only recently entered the quality wine sweepstakes. The site is characterized mainly by nutrient-deficient hillside soils with a noteworthy fossil content.