Franco Biondi Santi dies. A personal tribute for Italy’s greatest wine aristocrat.
Day 3 of Brunello visits, including two monumental wines: 1998 and 1995 Poggio al Vento from Col d’Orcia.
Visiting the top Brunello estates with Tim Atkin MW: quick summary & photos.
Last write-up of my Tuscan week: the delicious Chianti wines of Fattoria di Petroio.
Valdipiatta Vigna d’Alfiero vertical 2008-1983: leading Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in top shape.
Brunello 2007 is fun to drink, at long last.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has just improved on last year but the general level is still unsatisfactory.
A statistical look at my tasting of 97 Chiantis from 2009 – for fun and, hopefully, education.
First taste of 2009 Chianti Classico. Looking good – producers have coped well with this hot, dry vintage.
Saying goodbye to good old Rosso di Montalcino? Awaiting the verdict of appellation authorities next Wednesday, I’m having a delicious 100% Sangiovese Rosso tonight.