Cortona, Arezzo


In Violas Cortona Merlot 2018

Tasty. Red purple, opaque. Smell is of plum, raspberry and must. Full bodied, lots of dark fruit, tannic. Finish is pretty astringent. Don’t love the finish but overall enjoyable. Nice on its own but would also pair nicely with more robust meals. — a month ago

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Cortona DOC Merlot 2018

"this Merlot pours out dark Ruby with notes of black fruit, chocolate, and tobacco (with maybe gunpowder?), and a strong jammy body". From Cortona's Leuta winery, 1,618 is the "Super-Tuscan". — 8 months ago

Fattoria Il Castagno

Cuculaia Fabrizio Dionisio Cortona Syrah 2015

Lovely. Drank over two nights. Aroma built nicely, warm on the way down — 2 years ago

Castiglion del Bosco

Riserva Millecento Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Tim L

Surprise! Still haven’t opened it so rating it is a “hope”…think I may have opened a bottle previously…was too soon but hints of greatness linger. These need 10 yrs+ but I think it’s time...2010 Brunello by a famed better winery…bought in Cortona, Italy, next door town to the Montalcino-Montepuciano twin towns of great Italian wine. Resisting the temptation is like resisting “The Borg”. (A Star Trek reference…where are you Capt’n Kirk?) — 2 years ago

Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro (Manzano)

Migliara Cortona Syrah 2012

Chalky with fantastic berry and tannins. Opened it to kick off Shabbat.
I wish I’d ordered a few more bottles.
— 5 months ago

Stefano Amerighi

Cortona Syrah 2018

Very understated nose with blackberry, a bit of roast, leather & a touch of black pepper.
On the palate this is very, very elegant - much more Pinot like that a burly Syrah.
Very fine polished tannins, great depth, beautiful purity of fruit. So juicy, elegant & complex. Quite serious and yet so drinkable. A true beauty.
— 6 months ago


Smeriglio Cortona Syrah

Always try new things. Really good. So different than US Syrah — 8 months ago

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Tenuta Di Frassineto

Rancoli Vermentino

Light, sweet

52 Capri
— 5 months ago

La Braccesca (Antinori)

Bramasole Cortona Syrah 2020

Final wine from our tasting at Antinori just outside Florence in their state of the art facility. All 3 wines matured in French or Hungarian Barriques. Initial barnyard aromas which blew off to reveal florals like lavender and peony. Oak is perfectly balanced and does not intrude in any of the 3 wines tasted. This district is not traditional for Syrah (only since 2000) but suits it perfectly - sandy soils. More savoury and meaty than fruit driven. — 6 months ago

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Tenuta Sette Ponti

Crognolo Toscana Sangiovese 2017

Last ‘17 in cellar! In the heart of the Chianti lies Estate of Sette Ponti, 15 miles northwest of the city of Arezzo, past village of San Giustino Valdarno. Has 10% Merlot, aged in French Allier barriques, deep Ruby with red fruit aromas and floral notes. On the palate blackberry, plum and cherry flavors with blossom notes, spice and fine integrated tannins. Good balance, long finish ending with some oak and mineral tones. Nice! Will age a bit more! Tasting well now! — 2 years ago

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