This week we held a tasting of some legendary wines of Tuscany from recent vintages. Among the lineup were some of the original wines that pioneered the ‘Super-Tuscan’ phenomenon, including Sassicaia and Tignanello, along with more recent arrivals on the Tuscan fine-wine scene and a few excellent examples from the well-established DOCG’s of Tuscany. It was a great overview of the different wine styles that define this complex and varied fine wine region.
One of the stand out points from the tasting was the relative value that can still be found in Tuscany. There are expensive Tuscan wines too – often considered Tuscany’s answer to Chateau Petrus, the Masseto 2007 at $630 was a stunner. But it was simply a different style rather than an objectively better wine than, for example, the Sassicaia 2008 or Fontodi Flaccianello 2007, which were two of the stars of the tasting and sit at a substantially lower price point. Many of the absolute top wines we tasted, including the Flaccianello, retail for just a touch over $100 you could have over two cases for the same price as one bottle of a recent vintage First Growth Bordeaux!
Value-wise we were particularly impressed by the Argiano Brunello di Montalcino, one of the least expensive wines tasted. From the fairly warm 2007 vintage, the Argiano was fairly ripe and plush, offering great drinking now and is a relative bargain at $60.