UK agent: Lea & Sandeman
This Tuscan producer is best known for the cult-ish wine Lupicaia
(which retails for a about £40), but second wine Tassinaia is no
slouch. It spends 14 months in new allier oak.
Tassinaia 1999 Toscana IGT
A blend of equal proportions of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Merlot, with just a touch of Syrah. This wine shows a lovely
(typically Tuscan) nose of dense herby and spicy notes. The palate is
dense with rich fruit and savoury, spicy, dusty tannins. Very
good/excellent (£18.95 Lea & Sandeman, Noel Young)
Retasted in June 2003 - showing very well with lots of taut, spicy
fruit. Quite elegant and relatively serious.
Con Vento 2000 Toscana IGT
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Full floral fruity nose is ripe and fresh. Good
concentration on the palate with a rich texture and some spiciness.
Very good+ (£8.95 Lea & Sandeman)