Poggiomoro, Toscana, 2012, Cantina Viticoltori Senesi Aretini, Sinalunga

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A dinner guest bring. As the label says “a nice harmonious blend of fresh fruits”.

Light cherry colour and taste, this is Tuscan Sangiovese with a dash of Colorino and Canailo.

The Cantina Viticoltori Senesi Aretini has 235 participating growers with over 400ha of vineyards between the provinces of Sienna and Arezzo. http://www.cavisavini.it/english/winery-viticoltori-senesi-aretini.html

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Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano DOC 2005 Lungarotti

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Dinner in Tric Trak opposite the Duomo. Tartufo night. We shared the house starter of bruschette al tartufo and tiny parcel of white onion. I then had Taglionlini al Tartufo and Lesley had Strongozzi with a slightly spice sauce. Outstanding food.

I fancied a Sagrantino to end out visit to Spoletto but the rather pricey Umbrian section of the wine list precluded that so at €15 this Lungarotti stood out as potential value for money.

Which it was – a slightly dull ruby colour, perhaps because it is unfiltered. Faint whiff of herbs. Thin body, fruity finish, slightly musty. Ready to go now. Went well with the pasta. 70% Sangiovese and 30% Canaiolo.

The book says any wine by Lungarotti in Umbria is good and the Torgiano vineyard was recently used as a stop-over for the launch of the new Jaguar F-TYPE.

Apparently, Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano is one of Italy’s first DOC wines, dating back to 1968 and “Rubesco” is a Lungarotti trademark deriving from the Latin verb “rubescere”, to blush!

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Gonfalone Chianti 2012 Trambusti

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Dad brought this to Sunday Lunch.

Great weather  – we were able to dine al fresco with all the McConkeys at the one table.

Classic Chianti from Tuscany. Silky smooth mouthfeel, complex subtle flavours.

90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero

Great aftertaste, highly recommended for red meat and cheese.

I now regret not decanting it.