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Tuscan Coastal Wine Region

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Wine Recommendations

2021 Tyler Santa Barbara County Chardonnay:


Tyler makes a range of high-scoring single-vineyard wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, in Santa Barbara County, many from Santa Rita Hills. This wine is sourced from several sites throughout the county and is an outrageous value. A lovely nose of orchard fruits expands on the palate, revealing bright citrus, a distinct minerality and notes of roasted almond from lying 11 months on its lees. It’s dynamic with a long finish. This is a great-quality wine that you’ll almost never find at this price.

2020 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain:


Forget what you know of Riesling. This is different. Way different. The south-facing steep slopes of the high elevation Grand Cru du Rangen in Alsace allow for grapes to achieve high maturation yet maintain acidic balance. The volcanic soils of Rangen dominate the nose, and the dry, full-bodied palate is of white stone fruits and fine mineral tannins and, with time, opens up to a powerful finish. This wine is very early, and should be decanted or can age for 40-50 years. It reminds me of some of the rich and intense wines from Zind-Humbrecht 25-30 years ago, which are still marvels, if you can find them.

2021 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles:


Here again, we have a wine from a maker that produces superb single-vineyard wines for high prices. This is their entry-level wine, and it delivers loads of character for a price that’s hard to find in a California Cabernet Sauvignon. Its jammy, cherry and blackberry nose is supplemented by dark chocolate (dark fruit + oak), tobacco leaf, sage and more. The palate offers dark fruit, currants and herbs and maintains nice balance through out. It’s a great bargain in California Cabernet.

2019 Fattoria Le Pupille “Saffredi” Maremma Toscana:


See my “Coastal Tuscany Wine Trip” for more information on Fattoria Le Pupille. “Saffredi” is their icon wine, and 2019, the year of our visit, was very good. This Super Tuscan blend comprises 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot – a classic and iconic Bordeaux blend from the Tuscan coast. Dark fruits predominate on the nose, with intense aromas of black pepper, cinnamon and tobacco. The palate is still quite compact, with powerful fruit and a finish that is long and velvety. Young but drinkable now, this wine can age for another 20 years.

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