Tasted and rated: the top wines from the Tuscan Masters 2019

Campo alla Sughera, Arnione, 2013

Hailing from the coastal region of Toscana, Bolgheri – which is most famous for ‘Super Tuscans’ such as Sassicaia – this fantastic find offers the flavours of a powerful Italian red at a relatively accessible price.

Employing a blend of Bordeaux grapes Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is a rich and complex red that benefits from almost two years spent ageing in 80% new French oak barriques.

Starting to mature, the wine displays a lovely mix of sweet balsamic notes and cedar, along with ripe, concentrated dark berry fruit, and a hint of jam, suggestive of grapes picked at full maturation. Importantly, the wine finishes with a dry tannic grip, and a cleansing cranberry character, ensuring it has the traits of a classic Italian red – a mix of high tannin and bright acid to ensure it’s an ideal accompaniment to rich and fatty foods, from Florentine steak to aged Parmesan.

The wine: Campo alla Sughera, Arnione, 2013

The source: Bolgheri DOC Superiore, Italy

The grape(s): 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot

The style: A semi-mature, full-bodied complex red with high tannin levels and ripe, concentrated dark berry fruit.

The price: Around £35

The medal: Master – The Tuscan Masters, 2019

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