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Wine Spectator Tasting Report: The Power of Tuscany

October 22, 2020

Wine Spectator features Ornellaia, Masseto, Petrolo and Le Macchiole in senior editor Bruce Sanderson’s latest Tuscan vintage report. The blistering heat, severe storms, frost and drought of the 2017 vintage in Tuscany were clearly harsh conditions; director of Ornellaia and Masseto, Axel Heniz, described it as “a winemakers vintage, if you got it wrong, it’s going to show.”

Heniz details that, “It was necessary to achieve ripe tannins, which meant not picking too early. Many had finished the harvest in Bolgheri by mid-September, but the second half of the month was cooler.” Heinz and his team finished picking at the end of September. “It was a vintage you had to read properly,” he adds. “You couldn’t make any mistakes, because it was not a forgiving vintage.”

For the white wines, Sanderson gives high claim to Petrolo’s Toscana White Bòggina B 2017, which “ups the ante, offering opulent peach, melon, lemon and wild herb flavors wrapped in a cloak of vanilla-accented oak.” Similarly Ornellaia’s rare Toscana White 2017 “is the most expensive white in this report, but also one of the best, with complex peach, passion fruit and elderflower aromas and flavors ending in a saline note.”

To learn more about the 2017 vintage and these estates, read the full article HERE.


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