Sommelier, The Restaurant Pendolino, Sydney
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.