When many of us think of tuscan wines we instantly think Chianti, but Tuscany has for many years produced some fabulous wines other than Chianti and I’m not just talking about Super-Tuscan although more on them in a later post. What I’m talking about is wines from Montalcino and Maremma. Now may people will have heard of Montalcino because of the stunning Brunellos they make there but they also make a younger, more accesable and certainly more pocket friendly wine; Rosso di Montalcino.

Whereas the beautiful and historic Coastal region in Southern Tuscany known as Maremma is lesser known to the wider world but it is well known to wine lovers as the home of two of Italy’s most famous wines Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Not all the wines from here fetch the vast sums of the two just mentioned but they are certainly superb quality.

Il Poggione Rosso Di Montalcino 2007 €17.95 per btl or 2btls for €30

This Baby Brunello is made from handpicked fruit from15 year old vines located in the Montalcino Region of Tuscany. This wine has a ruby red colour and inviting aromas of wild berry fruits. Velvety and rich mouthfeel with berry fruit flavours repeated. Great Structure with smooth rounded tannins.

Mazzei Belguardo ‘Serrata’ Maremma 2005 €19.95 per btl or 2btls for €35

This indigenous blend of Sangiovese and Alicante grapes is exceptionally reach, aromatic and pleasurable. It represents the most intriguing and innovative expression of the Tuscan Maremma wine area. Garnet red in colour with aromas of berrys and violet hints and an earthy touch. The wine is full bodied with finne tannins and bright long finish.