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Finding.wine Presents: Tuscany Tasting 96 PTS + Up

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A Toast to Tuscany

Join finding.wine as we toast and cheer to one of Italy’s most prized wine regions, Tuscany. Exploring the microclimates of Tuscany through the sensory act of taste and smell. Tasting is comprised of eight beloved and high acclaimed wines.

Tenuta Guado al Tasso

The Guado al Tasso estate is located near Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast, 96 kilometers (60 miles) to the southwest of Florence. The 300 hectares (750 acres) planted to vineyards on the property are in the center of the so-called” Bolgheri amphitheater”: rolling hillsides which surround a splendid plain which slopes gently towards the sea and create a micro-climate with unique characteristics. Guado al Tasso, the flagship wine of the estate, expresses all of the force and suppleness of this corner of the upper Maremma. It has contributed to raise Bolgheri to the level of the most important areas of Europe’s viticulture, expressing a decisively Mediterranean character of power, elegance, and balance.

Guado al Tasso 2012
96 PTS James Suckling- “Poised and focused, this is a young red that shows great complexity and style with lots of blackberry, mint, spice and rosemary aromas that follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Needs two to four years to soften. Rivals Antinori's Solaia in 2012. Try in 2017.”

95 PTS Robert Parker –“The 2012 Bolgheri Superiore Guado Al Tasso is a wine to fall in love with at first sight. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot offers enormous fullness and generosity that accompanies all the senses. The effect is seamless with thick extraction and richness that is contrasted against the tonic freshness of the fruit. The wine is creamy, soft and enduring. You can count on this vintage to age ten years or more” – Wine Advocate


Bibi Graetz

Considered one of Italy's most ingenious winemakers, Bibi Graetz has risen from artist to cult winemaker since the release of his first wines back in 2000. Without any formal training and with initially only a small 2 hectare vineyard on his parents' property overlooking Florence, he has managed to unceremoniously gatecrash the staid Tuscan wine scene and, in Testamatta, create one of Italy's great cult wines. Born and raised in Italy, Bibi makes his wine in his family home, Castello di Vincigliata, a castle in Fiesole. The lack of a traditional Tuscan Estate has freed him to search out parcels of old vines around Tuscany- and even the Isola di Giglio - which are the basis for his concentrated, yet elegant wines. Now rated in the top 12 collectable Tuscan producers, Bibi's wines have gone from strength to strength over the past decade. Using organic cultivation methods and resisting the trend of planting Cabernet and Merlot, these wines are the ultimate expression of indigenous grape varieties.

Testamatta 2011
98 PTS James Suckling – “This smells like great Burgundy with strawberry, flowers and hints of incense. Full body with wonderful, ultra-refined tannins and amazing depth and length. So layered and so fine. It goes on for minutes. Magical red. Better in 2017.”

Le Macchiole

Le Macchiole was founded in 1983 on the desire of Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli to turn their passion for wine into their life dream. It was a revolutionary project rooted in their hometown of Bolgheri, at the time not as famous as now. The idea was simple but decisive: to originate in the vineyard, investing completely in research and experimentation in planting including varieties lesser used in Bolgheri.

1987 marked the initial bottling’s of the Le Macchiole production, though with a selection now no longer in existence. Only in 1989, when Paleo Rosso was born, was there the first interpretation of our Bolgherese style.
The 1990’s would be crucial for the definition of the winery: a greater awareness for the disposition of the land, the decision to introduce high density planting and the innovative and risky decision to produce mono-varietal wines.

From this work results in 1994, Messorio (100% Merlot) and Scrio (100% Syrah) arrived, and following in 2001 Paleo Rosso transforms to 100% Cabernet Franc. Eugenio achieved, with commitment and determination, the esteem of one of the great names from the territory, but, in 2002, when finally starting to reap the fruits of his work, he tragically passed away.
Cinzia then took over the reins of the farm with the help of a team of young talent in all roles of the business. Within few years these personalities gave the imprint of their professionalism, ability, passion and care for detail from the vine to the wine. From all of these energies Cinzia has always sought to produce wines demonstrating their unique position, wines not reproducible.
There are 24 hectares of estate owned vineyards, organically farmed with each harvest producing 5 wines: Paleo Bianco - Toscana IGT, Bolgheri Rosso - DOC Bolgheri, Paleo Rosso - Toscana IGT, Scrio - Toscana IGT and Messorio - Toscana IGT.

Paleo 2008
97 PTS James Suckling- “Best Paleo ever here. Incredible concentration of fruit, yet racy and balanced. The palate is crazy. It's like chocolate olive oil cake. Beautiful fruit, with dark berries, olive leaf and chocolate. Love the texture. The best pure Cabernet Franc on earth? Can't wait to drink it. Better in 2014”

93 PTS Robert Parker- “Dark red fruit, freshly cut flowers, minerals, spices and sweet herbs are some of the notes that emerge from the estate’s 2008 Paleo Rosso. The Paleo impresses for its vibrant minerality and exceptionally long, focused finish. The 2008 isn’t a huge, opulent Paleo, rather it is a wine of more classic proportions built on harmony, of which there is no shortage here. Crushed flowers and sweet spices from the oak are sublime in the empty glass. Paleo Rosso is 100% Cabernet Franc that spent 14 months in French oak, 70% new barriques and 30% 1 year-old 112 liter barrels previously used for Messorio. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.”


Messorio 2012
96 PTS James Suckling- This is really fantastic with aromas of black olives, flowers and sandalwood. There's a clarity and precision to the wine. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a chewy and structured finish. A muscular merlot with tone and tension. Better in 2017.

97 PTS Robert Parker- “The 2012 Messorio is a drop dead gorgeous wine. Warm summer temperatures have done their part to shape a soft and supple wine that feels like silk sheets against the palate. The bouquet is redolent of red fruit, bold cherry, leather, spice, tar, licorice and grilled herb. The youth of the wine allows you the perspective of contemplating each one of those aromas individually. They will, of course, reach greater harmony and integration as the wine continues its long evolution. This wine reflects beautifully on the magnificence of Merlot in Coastal Tuscany.”

Paleo Bianco 2009
88 PTS Antonio Galloni- This is really fantastic with aromas of black olives, flowers and sandalwood. There's a clarity and precision to the wine. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a chewy and structured finish. A muscular merlot with tone and tension. Better in 2017.


Tenuta Sette Ponti


Tenuta Sette Ponti lies on historic land in the heart of the Chianti zone at the end of the Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, in a beautiful hidden valley. Named for the seven medieval bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence—one of which, the Ponte Buriano, is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa—the estate has a storied history. But it has been the dedication and savvy of luxury goods entrepreneur Antonio Moretti that has transformed the 750-acre estate into a multifaceted farm property that is today one of Tuscany’s most innovative, quality-driven producers of world-class Super Tuscans.

Tenuta Sette Ponti's first release was the 1998 vintage Crognolo, named after a wild bush, Cornus, which grows on the estate. The estate's second release, Oreno, is named after a small river running through the estate.

Oreno 2012
97 PTS- James Suckling- “Fabulous aromas of blackberries, orange peel, raspberries and citrus. Violets too. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a light, dusty texture. It's so fine and beautiful, racy and refined. Very structured indeed but also soulful and very, very inspiring. There's a new refinement to this wine as the winemakers search for a truly beautiful expression of the terroir. Better in 2017 but a joy to taste now.”

93 PTS Robert Parker- Tenuta Sette Ponti's 2012 Oreno is a very different wine compared to its 2011 predecessor. This was also a warm vintage, yet the fruit is more masculine and sober in this vintage. The wine shows harder lines and a more determined style with shapely tannins and long flavors of dark spice, blackberry and bitter chocolate. Oreno should age beautifully over the next ten years. The blend is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot

Luce Della Vite

When Vittorio Frescobaldi – at the beginning of the 90s – met Robert Mondavi, it brought about a new chapter in the history of great Tuscan wines and in the history of quality wines. After that meeting, there was Luce. Everything came from a desire to realise a dream: creating exceptional wines in the environment of an already particularly suitable terroir, Montalcino. An ambitious project, baptised Luce della Vite, in homage to the primary element which brings heat, energy and life. Nothing would exist in nature without light. The logo of this ambitious project, a shining Sun with twelve fiery flames, is a golden sun with a double meaning: a source of life
and nourishment, harking back to the roots of our cultural tradition. Over the centuries, especially in Tuscany, the sun symbol has played in important role both in civil and religious iconography.

Luce Della Vite 2014
96 PTS James Suckling- “This shows so much intensity and complexity from the get-go with a bouquet exploding with blackberries, blackcurrants, ivy, iodine, treacle and forest floor elements. Full body, tight yet generous tannins, effortless acidity and a powerful, long finish. A triumph in a challenging vintage. Better in 2019.”

Grattamacco

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, Grattamacco is in an ideal position to produce some of the nest wines in Italy. Second to Sassicaia only in historical chronology of the Bolgheri territory, the estate of Grattamacco planted its rst roots in the Bolgheri in 1977 and produced its rst wine in 1982. Fourteen hectares of organically farmed vineyards lie over three distinct soil types at 100 meters above sea level,separating them from the rest of the Bolgheri both stylistically and geographically. Claudio Tipa, owner of the famed Poggio di Sotto estate in Montalcino Castello and ColleMassari in Montecucco, and Luca Marrone, working together with consultant Maurizio Castelli, are producing wines of great distinction that continue to showcase and celebrate all that the Bolgheri embodies.


Grattamacco 2011
97 PTS James Suckling- “A wine with composure and focus with dark berries, coffee and mineral character. It's full-bodied with super integrated tannins and a long finish. Structured and beautiful. Needs three or four years to show its truly beautiful character. Amazing wine. This is like one of the great cult wines of Napa Valley. First time tasting it. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot, all grown as bush vines in two hectares with a tiny production. Amazing. Organically grown grapes. Better in 2019 but so impressive now.”

93 PTS Robert Parker- “A huge wine on every level, the 2011 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Grattamacco absolutely does not hold back in terms of intensity or persistency. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, aged in new and neutral barrique for 18 months. Special work has been executed on the tannin management: Fermentation occurs in open cone-shaped vats with frequent, manual punch downs and long maceration times. The bouquet opens to baritone aromas of blackberry, espresso bean, cola, tar and anisette. Silky tannins wrap gently on the palate imparting a sense of firmness and power. You can count on a long bottle evolution nonetheless.


Tasting will be accompanied by an Italian style family dinner. For dietary restrictions email info@finding.wine

Tasting is limited to 12 participants. Reserve your seat today info@finding.wine or call (561) 225-2645

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