Along with Piemonte, Toscana is the most significant part of Italy in terms of quality wine.
It was here that the "vino da tavola" (table wine) revolution really took off, with the launch of a generation of creative excellent wines, made without reference to the DOC stipulations, which proved once and for all that Italian growers are capable of producing genuinely world-class wines. Many of the world-renowned so-called "Super Tuscans" are in fact officially labeled table wines, the lowest status an Italian wine can hold.
Cortona is a small wine-producing town perched in the hills of eastern Tuscany. The village has a long viticultural history, dating back to Etruscan times. Later, the sweet wines made around Cortona were exported to France and Switzerland in the 16th century.
Most of the grape varieties today are international, "modern" varieties, headed by Syrah which makes up the majority of the area's plantings, and the local Tuscan hero Sangiovese.
The Sangiovese grape variety, a dark-berried vine, is virtually synonymous with the red wines of Toscana and all the romanticism that goes with the territory.
The Baracchi Winery in Cortona dates back to 1860, when the family planted its first grapes on the site of their vineyards. Over these last 157 years, the family has perfected the art of growing great grapes and making great wines.
Their Smeriglio Sangiovese red wine has a beautiful dark ruby colour, tones of cherry and raspberry, wildflowers (violet), sweet spices and a pleasant balsamic whiff. The passage in barrels leaves us a note of vanilla and light toasting. The palate is intense, fresh, fruity but strong. Exceedingly long finish.
Aged for 12 months in small French oak casks (barriques) and 4 months in bottle.
Best served at 16-18°C.
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