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2005 Brancaia "TRE" Rosso Toscana




















This little Tuscan gem is composed of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Brancaia estate is located in Chianti Classico which is obviously one of the best and most renowned wine producing regions in Italy.

The first year of production for this wine was in the year 2000. They named this wine "TRE" because it is made with three different grapes and also the wine is sourced from three different vineyard sources:  

Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma (Morellino di Scansano). 

This wine has an amazingly unique and powerful bouquet that boasts aromas of ripe black cherries, coco powder, leather, earth, molasses, plum, sweet tea, and tobacco. It perhaps one of the most aromatically attractive wines I have smelt in quite along time.

On the palate the wine continues to speak of ripe plums and the cherries are actually bit more stewy-like, almost like a pot full of overripe black cherries boiling in a brown sugar glaze! The Tuscan earthiness and leather is also very omnipotent, while notes of brown sugar and stunning white pepper make up a very sensuous and soft finish. 

The thing I most enjoy about this wine is that it has a complete sense of place. What I mean is that it screams Tuscany and in particular, Sangiovese grown in Chianti. It has ample complexity and style and would gripping with some hearty red-sauced pastas. 91 points

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