BRANCAIA 2015 Ilatraia Rosso Toscana IGT

James Suckling

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96 pts James Suckling - Aromas of black licorice and blackberry. Blueberry, too. This is so complex. Full body, extremely silky and polished with lovely tannins. Deep and long. It seems powerful and rich yet ends so balanced and refined. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and cabernet franc.

95 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2015 Ilatraia is a drop-dead gorgeous blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc with all fruit coming from Brancaia's Maremma vineyards along the Tuscan coast. This warm vintage has shaped an exuberant and intense red wine that hits the palate with lavish richness. The complex bouquet is composed of dark fruit elements that are contrasted seamlessly against spice, sweet tobacco and campfire ash. Yet the mouthfeel is never too heavy or overextracted. There's a lot to enjoy here.

93 pts Wine Spectator - A beast, featuring plum, black currant, leather and earth flavors locked in a tight grip of tannins. A bit closed now, yet remains balanced and long on the iron-tinged finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.

92 pts Wine Enthusiast - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this wine offers aromas of dark-skinned berry, cedar and cooking spice. The full-bodied palate delivers black currant jam, star anise, clove and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins.

Blend - 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc

The Ilatraia is the top wine from the Maremma – it is full-bodied and impresses with its freshness, precision and elegance. This wine shows a perfect balance between maturity and finesse. It is extremely silky and polished with supple tannins that are typical of the Tuscan coast. The blend of 40% Petit Verdot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc shows the full beauty of this terroir. This is not least because the three grape varieties can ripen perfectly without irrigation. Ilatraia is aged in half new French barriques for 18 months and then matures in the bottle for at least one year. “What a balance of maturity and finesse. Great potential,”says James Suckling, praising the 2015 Ilatraia.

Ideal with: dishes with balanced, intense flavors, with meat and game dishes (fried or braised), with poultry such as pigeon or pheasant. Our favorite: fresh tagliatelle with wild boar ragout.

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