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TUSCANY

Tuscany, along with Piedmont, is the foundation upon which Italy’s wine reputation has been built. In total, there are 29 wines with DOC status produced in the region. It is also home to 7 of Italy’s DOCG areas, and many premium non-classified wines.

Chianti accounts for a large part of the region with the most prestigious DOCG Chianti Classico wines coming from the beautiful central hills, which provide a tempering effect on the summertime heat, many vineyards are planted on the highest slopes. The principal grape variety is Sangiovese, alongside other indigenous and international varietals.

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2009 Guado al Tasso

Antinori

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Case of 6 x 75cl £466.08

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2009 Guado al Tasso, Antinori

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Case of 6 £412.00

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Tasted blind. Mature mid ruby with watery orange rim. Cherry nose with real depth and hints of malt. Succulent and concentrated and with fine, polished tannins. Almost burgundian in style and elegance. Impressive balance. 17.5 points, Walter Speller Bright amber-red. Very pure strawberry and red cherry aromas and flavors are complicated by a strong mineral element. Multilayered and complex, this...

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2006 Guidalberto

Tenuta San Guido

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2004 Camartina

Querciabella

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Case 6 x 75cl £540.48

Case of 6 x 75cl £436.08

Imperial 600cl

Single bottle£830.24

Magnum 150cl

Single bottle£200.16

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Single bottle£400.32

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Undoubtedly the star of the show for me, this wine bears all the hallmarks of beautiful, intense Tuscan Cabernet. Showy and rounded with a wild, spicy and concentrated texture. There are hints of smoke and tar beneath the dense, sweet core of fruit and exotic spice. The finish is long, rich and impressive. Wonderfully youthful in its freshness – quite...

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2004 Camartina, Querciabella

Bottle 75cl £90.08

2006 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille

Gaja, Pieve Santa Restituta

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1999 Camartina

Querciabella

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Case 6 x 75cl £570.48

Magnum 150cl

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Single bottle£420.32

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This beautifully evolved wine retains its incredible core of pure dark cherry and blackcurrant fruit, spicy dried herbs and tea leaves, framed by tightly knit tannins and a svelte, gentle texture. There is incredible concentration here but a gentle, almost ethereal quality lingers in the mouth and creates a heady, aromatic perfume. Elegant yet powerful, this is a stunning wine...

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1999 Camartina, Querciabella

Bottle 75cl £95.08

2007 Cepparello

Isola E Olena

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Case of 6 x 75cl £586.08

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2007 Cepparello, Isola E Olena

Bottle 75cl £97.68

2013 Palafreno

Querciabella

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2013 Palafreno, Querciabella

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2006 Palafreno

Querciabella

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Case 6 x 75cl £600.48

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At just over a decade old, this wonderful 2006 Palafreno is reaching a fine summit of classical expression. Dense, ripe plum and prune are encased in exotic spiced notes.  The texture is silken and profound with pristine, velveteen tannins and an elegance only found in wines of real pedigree.  Lingering long in the mouth, it displays leather, cigar box, game...

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2006 Palafreno, Querciabella

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2011 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille

Gaja, Pieve Santa Restituta

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Bottle 500cl £701.86

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Case of 6 £844.08

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Smoke, earthiness, black cherries, licorice, menthol and dark spices are some of the signatures in the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. A dark, brooding wine, the Sugarille boasts tremendous depth and intensity, not to mention tons of character. Deeply spiced, mentholated notes wrap around the polished finish. This is another superb showing from one of the Gaja family's under the...

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2014 Ornellaia

Ornellaia

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Bottle 75cl £121.68

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2014 Ornellaia, Ornellaia

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this area is huge with industrial cooperatives alongside tiny family farms and as such quality can vary substantially. To the south near the town of Siena is Montalcino, where again Sangiovese is key, though here it is a local strain, Brunello, or more officially Sangiovese Grosso, that produces Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino.

Historically Brunello needed considerable ageing, and the minimum age before release is still 4 years. However Brunello is now being produced that is delicious from release as well as having good potential for ageing – the best of both worlds and an essential development in the face of changing modern tastes.

Coastal Tuscany, particularly the area around the beautiful village of Bolgheri really hit the map in the 1970s as a new class of wines known as “Super Tuscans” emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations, using international varieties, some were considered to be of outstanding quality and received high scores from the critics and commanded surprisingly high prices for the time.

The two most renowned Super Tuscans to this day are Sassicaia and Ornellaia, for which Armit are the exclusive UK agents! Bolgheri today is synonymous with winemaking of the highest order. Exceptional terroir along the coast complemented by the wonderful Mediterranean climate provide perfect conditions for vines not only in Bolgheri and the Maremma but down to Suvereto and beyond.

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