TENUTA DI TRECCIANO
Super Tuscans and value don't commonly go hand-in-hand, which is one of the reasons we're so enamored of the wines of Tenuta di Trecciano.
Even better: this estate happens to be one of the most consistently undersung producers of Super Tuscans in a region chockablock with great vineyards.
Today we bring you three from their excellent portfolio — two 93-point Super Tuscans, one for a best price of less than $29 and one for a best price of under $23; and a 91-point Chianti Riserva for a best price of under $19.
In this era of skyrocketing retail prices, these are staggeringly great values, and especially when you consider the terroir-driven craftsmanship on offer in these three bottles.
Located near Siena, Tuscany, in a former Medieval villa that was a retreat for cloistered nuns, the estate sits amid 22 hectares of postcard-perfect vineyards and olive groves. What can't be seen is the soil, an enviably silty red clay — vital to the production of complex, elegant, age-worthy wine.
The grapes are hand-harvested, gently de-stemmed, and softly crushed, the better to preserve the integrity of the fruit. And Trecciano also works to keep yields low, resulting in greater consistency and precision from vintage to vintage.
The 2019 Daniello Toscana is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah, aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, followed by a further maturation in the bottle for no less than six months. We loved it for its persistent aromas and intensity in the glass. Those very same qualities also called out to James Suckling, who went so far as to describe it as "very intense, with a bright, driven core of fresh plum and oak.” He also singled out its long finish.
Suckling was just as enthused about the 2019 I Campacci, which he likewise awarded 93 points — a "full and silky" wine "with a good core of savory and fruity flavor and well-integrated tannins" that in his estimation is ready to drink right now, largely because of its alluring "freshness." This is 100% Merlot, aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, followed by a further maturation in the bottle for no less than four months. Only 6,000 bottles were produced.
Finally, we have the 2018 Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva. This is pretty much the platonic ideal of Chianti, made with 100% Sangiovese grapes that aged for 18 months in Slavonian oak to preserve their terroir character, with a second bottle aging of no less than four months. Wine Spectator awarded it 91 points, and they, and we, were taken by its freshness, balance, and earthy depth.
Folks, this is a rare and wonderful opportunity, in a marketplace gone haywire, to replenish your stocks at limited cost. And to be able to add such versatile and rewarding Tuscans, too?
That's just a flat-out no-brainer. But hurry, these won't stick around for long!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CT, MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, June 19, 2022.