Italy — Tuscany • $99.95 • 93/100

This is a super-premium Tuscan Sangiovese from the somewhat cooler 2013 vintage. While it is rather deep red in colour, it certainly shows some welcome translucence. The nose is complex: pretty raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, delicate floral notes, herbal and savoury undertones, and a noticeable framework of oak spice. The wine is balanced and well-structured, with just a touch of heat on the palate, and fine, elegant tannins. While the fruit is juicy and fully ripe, the savoury elements emerge more strongly on the palate; the finish is lightly astringent and the tannins linger. This wine is very rewarding now, but if you enjoy aged wines, it is an ideal candidate for cellar time: the fine acidity should keep a core of freshness, while the fruit dries out a little and the savoury character grows. But this does come at a rather heady price. • Tasted 2017-09-16 • LCBO id#25650 • Find it at your nearest LCBOHALPERN ENTERPRISES (Agent)

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