Cris­tian Casarin

Som­me­lier, The Restau­rant Pen­dolino, Syd­ney

Qantas - - Quisine. -

What wine sums up Tus­cany in a bot­tle? The 2013 Castello di Ama Chi­anti Clas­sico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo. It’s made en­tirely with grapes from the revered Castello di Ama vine­yards, planted over a decade ago, and has an ar­ray of aro­mas, in­clud­ing wild berries, prunes, to­bacco and cin­na­mon. What Tus­can wine would you drink now? The 2016 Fiore Chi­anti, a mod­ern ver­sion of one of the most clas­sic wines of the re­gion. It has a fruity nose with ripe amarena cher­ries and balanced acid­ity to­wards the end. It’s de­li­cious. What Tus­can wine would you cel­lar? The 2010 Casanova di Neri Cer­re­talto Brunello di Mon­tal­cino. This wine is the epit­ome of brunello. Buy it now and drink it be­tween 2022 and 2035. You’ve got $20 to spend. What wine would you buy? The 2016 Villa Trasqua Traluna Toscana Rosso Toscana sangiovese blend comes from a cer­ti­fied or­ganic win­ery. It has vi­o­let, ripe cher­ries and a touch of spice on the palate and a pleas­ant fin­ish. You can’t get a bet­ter drop at this price. And if money were no ob­ject, what Tus­can wine would you buy? The 2013 Mas­seto Tenuta dell’Or­nel­laia Toscana mer­lot, a re­fined wine with black fruit, vanilla, co­coa, fine tan­nins and a lay­ered af­ter­taste. Su­perb.

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