Best of the Boot

It’s no small busi­ness nar­row­ing down the top 100 Ital­ian wines of 2015, a list dis­tilled from tast­ings of close to 3,000 of the coun­try’s vin­tages, from su­perb 2010 Brunello di Mon­tal­ci­nos, 2011 Baro­los and Su­per Tus­cans to sparkling wines and other whi

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100 points Livio sas­setti Brunello di Mon­tal­cino 2010 Crazy aro­mas of dried lemon, sea salt, cherry and del­i­cate rose pe­tal. A full body and ripe fruit. It works from the in­side out, show­ing an amaz­ing cen­tre palate and bright acid­ity and tan­nin struc­ture. Goes on for min­utes. Re­de­fines Brunello. Drink now but bet­ter in five years. The great­est wine ever from here. 100 points For more wine rec­om­men­da­tions, visit hongkong­ and james­suck­

100 points

siro Pa­centi Brunello di Mon­tal­cino 2010 Com­plex aro­mas of wal­nut, dark fruit, stone, oys­ter shell, chalk and dried fruit. Shows fab­u­lous in­ten­sity and bal­ance, with layer upon layer of fruit and pol­ished tan­nins. Builds on the palate and goes on for min­utes. Bet­ter in 2019. 100 points

Fattoria Le PUPILLE toscana saffredi 2012 The great­est Saffredi ever. So much struc­ture and length. Full-bod­ied yet ag­ile. Aro­mas and flavours of cur­rants, mint and wet earth. A blend of caber­net sauvi­gnon, mer­lot and pe­tit ver­dot. This has a spe­cial la­bel cel­e­brat­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of the pro­duc­tion of this wine. Needs at least five years in bot­tle but it’s en­tranc­ing to drink now. A must-buy for Su­per Tus­can lovers.

Luce della Vite Brunello di Mon­tal­cino 2010 Pow­er­ful aro­mas of black­berry, fresh mush­room, iron, spice and lightly grilled meat. Full body with lay­ers of fruit and earth char­ac­ter. Deca­dent and in­tense. A phe­nom­e­nal wine. In­cred­i­bly lay­ered and mus­cu­lar. Bet­ter than the leg­endary 2006? Built for age­ing. Bet­ter in 2018.

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