BB Review: Amicus Toscana 2015

The three of us love Italy (Angela maybe a bit more than the rest of us...) but do all three of us love Italian wine? For this round, we're putting Italian wine to the test and trying not to eat #allthepasta while we sip it.  🛵 🍷 🇮🇹

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THE WINE

BOTTLE: Amicus Toscana 2015 from Tuscany, Italy

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £16.00 from Marks & Spencer

ABV & TECH SPECS: 14% ABV and 40% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 20% Syrah

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WHO BOUGHT IT: Kate here. I bought this wine because I was in a rush and needed to buy cat food at M&S. I thought the label was pretty rad so I threw it in my basket and crossed my fingers. 

LET'S GET NERDY: Tuscan winemaker Rudy Buratti and his team at Castello Banfi, alongside M&S winemaker Jeneve Williams, worked together to blend this red from Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in the Tuscan hills in famous Montalcino, known for its Brunello wines.

Super Tuscan wines came about in the 1970s, when some Tuscan producers came to believe that the legal rules governing the production of Chianti were too restrictive. So they decide to start planting other varietals and blending different styles of wine, and so the term Super Tuscan was born to distinguish their wines from the inexpensive, low-quality wines that were associated with the term vino da tavola

Some Super Tuscans tend to have a proportion of Sangiovese blended with ‘international’ varietals – merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, like this one here.

WINERY FACT: Castello Banfi is a family-owned award-winning estate, and was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation. It's recognized as being a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking. The estate is renowned for its clonal research that allows noble grape varieties to thrive in their optimal terroir, creating not only a consistently outstanding Brunello, but the ultimate expression of Montalcino Super Tuscans.

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THE VERDICT 

CARO: A nice, generous, and velvety body with a rusty rim (no, I won’t go down that road. Not this time… is what she said) with a lingering boozy warmth that delivers in comfort! It smells of Cayenne pepper! A spiciness you can taste too, on the back on the tongue. Basically, give me some of that goodness with a tomatoey, fennel seed-ey Tuscan sausages stew, and I’ll demolish the lot. Hell yes.

ANGELA: Blood red in colour with rich legs clinging to the glass, I’m already sad to not be sitting in a trattoria in the Tuscan hills. On the palate – woah! A burst of warming alcohol amidst blackberries, tobacco and basil and its chewy and silky all at the same time. I’m fussy about my Tuscan wines, but I'd be very happy to drink this one (which is less than £20!) whilst dreaming of the rolling hills.

KATE: Let me say this upfront: I was forced to chug a few shots of this for a boomerang (we are ever the social media darlings) and whew! It was intense. This wine smells exactly how you think a good red should, tastes like an explosion of deliciousness and finishes like the Sahara, which is to say it's dry, not sandy. I highly recommend sipping it with your favourite wood-fired pizza. I do not recommend throwing it back like tequila at a party you're already trying to forget. 

WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? 100% yes.


COME DRINK WITH US! 

Forget walking in a winter wonderland, this year, we're SIPPING in a winter wonderland and would love for you to join us!  Buy your tickets to our Christmas Wine Tasting at The Mount Edgcumbe on 30 November and join us as we eat, DRINK & be merry.