This wine club was dedicated to Tuscan wines of Italy. The wines of the evening included a Rosé, a Sangiovese blend, a Super Tuscan, a Chianti Riserva and a Brunello. The food pairings included Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, portobello mushrooms, salami, pasta and tomato sauce with meatballs.
The S&M Alghero Rosato Rosé was dry, refreshing and crisp with notes of strawberry and cranberry on both the nose and palate. This wine was great to drink on its own.
The Antinori Santa Cristina Rosso 2012 had a dominated roma of plum and dark cherry. This wine was well balanced with velvety tannins. With an added florality on the palate, the dark fruit follows through and makes drinking this wine an easy, pleasurable experience. A great value wine that paired well with the mushrooms and the tomato sauce.
The Borgo Bello Bolgheri Rosso was a huge hit with the group. A deep ruby wine with an aroma of black cherry, black currant and clove spice. An earthy quality follows to the palate with added notes of tobacco and rich fruit. This wine was savoury and paired very well with the pasta and the meatballs.
The Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Ruffina Riserva 2009 was a group favourite because of this wine's approachability and easy drinking character. Plum and cherry on the nose, wild berries, lilac and mocha on the palate and an apparent baking spice character following through to both the nose and palate. This Chianti is expressive and well-balanced with harmonious acidity and structured tannin. This wine paired very well with the tomato sauce and the Parmesan cheese.
The Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2009 was a show-stopper. The structure of this wine was the best part with silky tannin and well-balanced acidity. Dark plum and rich cherry dominated the nose, while clove spice came through on the palate. The age was evident in the softness of this wine, but the wine's potential for further ageing was evident with its acidity, tannin and fruit character. A complex wine that paired very well with sharp cheese, tomato sauce and meatballs.