Great Wines and A Small Place
Italy is so very diverse in climate, it is also diverse in wines. Different varieties of grapes are produced from region to region. Some of the most important red wines in the world are produced in Tuscany. It is unique in a sense that it is home to a number of different types of soil, yet the region is so small. For example, rocky soils produce excellent Sangiovese wine, similarly for Montalcino. Vernaccia grows well in the higher altitude areas, and below that is soil comprise of sand and clay that produce Super Tuscans.
Some of Tuscany’s well-known wine areas produced the prestigious wines we know today, in particular about 70% is red wine. For example, Brunello di Montalcino is produced in the hilltop town of Montalcino, in the hills surrounding a lovely town south of Siena. The quality is outstanding; a wine made with 100% Sangiovese grapes that becomes softer and more harmonic with age.
Between Florence and Siena lies the countryside of Chianti. Chianti is made from the robust Sangiovese, which has grown in the area for centuries and has a revered tradition. It’s the best wine to accompany Tuscan food, from meat to soups and cheeses. Top quality Chianti Classico is more expensive than the everyday Chianti varieties, but both are known for their quality and excellence.
In the Montepulciano area two great wines are produced: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano. The first one is a fine wine with a long history, medium-bodied and elegant, and worthy of ageing. The second one is a dry red, easy drinking and fresh. Bolgheri, in the Livorno hills, is where the Super Tuscans come from, considered to be among the best wines in the world, with outstanding quality and inventiveness, born out of modern Tuscan wine making. Using different grapes and traditional Sangiovese, Super Tuscans are produced in small batches and fetch prodigious prices.
Morellino di Sansano is the famous wine from the Maremma area, near the sea. It’s 50% Sangiovese and the rest a mix of white and red grapes. It’s slightly tannic and dry, full-bodied, and goes well with meat and meaty sauces. Then there’s Carmignano, with a long history and differentiates itself from the other traditional wines in its use of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with the local Sangiovese and Canaiolo. It has an intense wine, with a harmonic taste, and a whiff of floral bouquet.
Tuscan wine is special due to the passion of the winemakers’ art mixed with centuries of experience.
Tosting Tuscan Wine in Seattle
IL Bistro in Seattle impresses you with its red wine list, world-famous varietals of Tuscany. Come and enjoy an evening of great Italian fare paired with only the best of Tuscan red wine.