If there's one Italian wine region that most people are familiar with, it's Tuscany. Why is that? What is it about Tuscany that has earned international recognition and acclaim for its wines? As with most regions in Italy, viticulture has been present here for over 3,000 years. Some believe that grape vines in Tuscany pre-date the Etruscans, a civilization of ancient Italy in the area corresponding roughly to Tuscany between the 8th and 3rd century BCE, while others argue that they brought grape vines with them from Asia.
Either way — one of the main reasons for Tuscany's continued success today as a wine producing region, is its weather. It can be described as a mild Mediterranean climate, where temperatures are consistently moderate rather than too high or too low. On top of that, Tuscany is comprised of beautiful rolling hills that get plenty of sun, perfect for grape growing.
Villa Poggio Salvi is nestled near Monteriggioni (a fortified hamlet dating back to the 13th century) in the heart of Tuscany. Lavischio refers to the river that runs through the Villa Poggio estate. An excellent representation of Tuscany and all the wonders it has to offer. Drink this wine now, or save until 2021. Serve between 16 to 18 C.
A lovely dark ruby core with hints of garnet. Slightly translucent with no traces of bricking.
A healthy pour with a few swirls and we are delighted by the fruit forward aromas that drift out of the glass. Notes of black cherry, raspberry, and plum are easily identifiable. Upon closer inspection, there is a spice character present bringing to mind baking spices and pepper.
We can almost taste the beautiful dark ruby colour, as elegant fruit flavours cover the palate with notes of blueberry, plum, cherry, and bright berries. The spicy notes from the nose come to life and offer black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and an elusive blend of baking spices, circulating with a hint of black tea. The medium body is accompanied by a vibrant acidity and lingering finish that makes this a handsome addition to any evening.
Save this for a night accompanied by meat or mushroom based pastas. Alternatively, chicken and rice dishes with a tomato sauce would complement it wonderfully.
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