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2013 Brancaia Maremma Toscana Ilatraia

Brancaia: The Best of Both Worlds

Like so many New World winemakers, Barbara Widmer's childhood landscape wasn't shaped by a life amongst the vines. Her parent's journey into winemaking began, more or less, as a hobby that stemmed from the purchase of an abandoned hillside Castellina named Brancaia. "I grew up in Zurich; I had no ambition or dream to move to Tuscany," Widmer confessed in a recent interview. "My parents encouraged me to become Brancaia's winemaker, but I was totally against it." Instead, she studied architecture and soon found that the discipline demanded compromise, "I loved the design process, but I also started to realize that you have to understand the taste of other people. You have to accommodate other peoples' style, and I’m bad at doing things that are not to my taste." Charting a new course, she spent a year working for a winery in Switzerland before enrolling at the Swiss Institute for Life Sciences in Wädenswil. Studying enology and viticulture in a cool climate has graced her with a lighter touch and an appreciation for balanced acidity. "Working in a marginal climate is much more difficult," she admits. "It teaches you to be careful, to be aware that there is no guarantee that you’ll...

2013 Brancaia Maremma Toscana Ilatraia

2013 Brancaia Maremma Toscana Ilatraia

A Cab-dominant blend that flirts with opulence, reigned in by its Tuscan provenance—and that is a good thing, a food-friendly thing. The 2013 Brancaia Illatraia quietly unspools with notes of plums and ripe blackberries steeped in thyme. Burning embers, dust, and juniper berries add layered complexity. On the palate, it’s round and plush, with mouth-coating tannins and bright acidity that ebb and flow in a core of juicy dark fruit. Sample | 14.0% ABV Brancaia Azienda Vinicola 9.2 Points...

La Mozza Aragone Maremma Toscana 2010

La Mozza Aragone Maremma Toscana 2010

A blend of 40% Sangiovese, 25% Alicante, 25% Syrah, and 10% Carignan, La Mozza Aragone Maremma Toscana 2010 is soft and primary on opening, with inviting layers of ripe plum, underbrush, clove, and mint. On the palate, tannins are still very firm, with seductive, lush notes of juicy blackberry and black cherry, earthiness, and tar. Far, far better on the second day, it will only improve with time. 14.0% ABV | Sample La Mozza 9.0 Points...