BRANCAIA 2017 Ilatraia Rosso Toscana IGT

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95 Points Wine Advocate - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Ilatraia is a real beauty and one of the only wines that has taken on the challenges of this hot and dry vintage with undisputed results. Ilatraia opens to an inky dark appearance and thick phenolic weight that is given extra volume and depth thanks to layers of cherry, dried blackberry and plum. This is a full-bodied red wine worthy of a big Fiorentina steak.

94 Points James Suckling

ILATRAIA is a modern and terroir-typical blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. A full-bodied wine with freshness, definition and elegance.

Varieties: Petit Verdot 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Cabernet Franc 20%

Vineyards: location Maremma

Maturing: 18 months 1/2 in new, 1/2 in used barriques

Tasting note: Intense aromas of black fruit. A firm and silky wine with fine tannins and a luscious finish.

Perfect with: Food with balanced, intense flavors, meat and game dishes fried or stewed, poultry such as pigeon or pheasant.

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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