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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > ITALY: Tuscany, including Montalcino

Winner Details

Italy: Tuscany, including Montalcino


2015: Gold 3 Silver 10 Bronze 5 Commended 7
2014: Gold 3 Silver 10 Bronze 3 Commended 7


If you want your wines as big, powerful and silky as a Ferrari, then this is the place to look. Big fruit, big tannin and, more often than not, big prices made this a place for those who don’t have a problem when confronted with untamed ego. But in among the proudly exhibited chest hair there were some wines of elegance and even (whisper it) value for money.


From the Tasting Teams


‘As a wine list proposition at most levels they will sell. They are classic, known and respected.’ James Hocking, The Vineyard Group

‘With the finer wines you can take people to that extra experience if they are looking for it. At the lower end there is great value.’ Mark Graham, Butlers Wharf Chop House 

‘Brunellos are classic Italian wines that anyone who loves Italian classics will always visit. Prices went up to £200 on list, but people who are into these wines, like top Bordeaux, will always buy them and the price is favourable, too, compared with Bordeaux.’ Michael Harrison, consultant

‘There were some amazing wines, but we couldn’t give Gold medals to those that we couldn’t list now.’
Laura Rhys MS, team leader

Award winners

Found 25 wines

Italy: Tuscany, including Montalcino

Berardenga, Fontalloro, 2011, Tuscany , Italy

Gold medal winner

An entrancing wine, still young, but showing fine texture and calling out for Côte de Boeuf, it was all about the cherries for Luigi Buonanno of Bianco43: ‘Good palate of cherry and sour cherry, great acidity and balanced tannins, with good length on the sour cherry notes.’ Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group found ‘very spicy oak, cumin, blackberry, gravelly and laurel leaf characters', while Andrea Fasan of La Petitie Maison noted graphite and blackcurrants.

£30.38 Liberty Wines

Capezzana, Villa di Capezzana, Carmignano, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Gold medal winner

'Classic', 'ripe', 'long' and 'rich' – just some of the reasons why Capezzana took Gold. ‘Inky, pencil shaving nose, complex and stylish, very dry on the palate with lovely fruit and character, and soft, elegant tannins,’ said team leader Jade Koch, with Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering adding: ‘Really appealing ripeness and complexity.’ Match with roast lamb or rich pasta sauces.

£16.30 Liberty Wines

Banfi, Poggio alle Mura, Brunello di Montalcino, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Gold medal winner

Without doubt youthful, this is one to snap up and cellar if you can. ‘Lovely open style with a gentle floral edge to its developed cherry and plum fruits,’ began team leader Simon Woods, continuing: ‘Balanced, good, refined and long.’ 'Red and black fruits, minerality and cedar wood, firm tannins, balanced alcohol and a long finish,' said Gareth Ferreira of Launceston Place.

£30.61 Bibendum Wine

Luce della Vite, Lucente, 2012, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Concentrated nose of cherry and violet, with notes of vanilla and chocolate, good weight on the palate, with balanced tannins and great length,’ said Luigi Buonanno of Bianco43. ‘Pretty, floral, inky black fruit aromas. Classy,’ added Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group.

£21.92 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Col d'Orcia, Brunello di Montalcino, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

Still a baby in Montalcino terms, the juicy red fruits are there alongside high tannins, good spices and a long finish. 'Lovely style, with fresh tomato and notes of savoury plum fruit and an appealingly rustic character. Easy to drink, and a good style,' said team leader Simon Woods. 'Wood and tannin need time to integrate,' advised Gareth Ferreira of Launceston Place.

£21.00 Alivini

Borgo Scopeto, Rosso Toscana, 2013, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Zingy Italian style, lightish with lively berryish fruit,’ began Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, concluding: ‘Could go by the glass, but also an alternative, inexpensive match for most typical Italian fare.’ Food match suggestions for this complex, plummy and spicy wine included wild boar ragu and tagliata.

£6.90 The Flying Corkscrew

Capezzana, Ghiaie della Furba, 2009, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Classic bitter cherry accents and a lovely mouthfeel, with well-balanced mineral elegance,’ began James Hocking of The Vineyard Group. ‘Loads of tangy complexity on the palate,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£23.00 Liberty Wines

Castellare, I Sodi di San Niccolo, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Complex, exotic wood, sandalwood spice aromas,’ began impressed team leader Olivier Marie, continuing: ‘Majestic, noble breed aristocratic use of oak, showing cigar, tobacco leaves and gingerbread spice, and great length.’ Partner with rich dishes, such as leg of lamb or roast suckling pig.

£34.99 Bibendum Wine

Morisfarms, Avvoltore, 2011, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group was taken with this wine’s ‘vivid black fruit, damsons, balanced crispness and length, with lovely integrated oak’. ‘Generous, deep, complex and structured,’ agreed Caroline Brangé of 28°-50° Mayfair.

£25.21 Laytons

Morisfarms, Morellino di Scansano, 2013, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Mild, warm, dark fruit; tannins are grippy but forgiving, balanced, moreish and good length,’ said Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House, with Caroline Catering’s Richard Brooks adding: ‘Smooth and soft, tangy style.’

£9.42 Laytons

Banfi, Poggio alle Mura, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 2009, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

Much appreciated by all, our judges felt this has yet to reach its window of accessibility. 'Too young to list,' said Laura Rhys MS, noting with approval: 'Rich, ripe and meaty. With mocha, toasty and smoky notes.' ‘Serious wine that’s very complex, with very good structure and a strong but elegant body,’ began Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel, adding: ‘Both the red fruit and berries work together with a vanilla aftertaste on the finish.’

£65.21 Bibendum Wine

San Felice, Campogiovanni, Brunello di Montalcino, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Full, big, rich wine, still needs some age but the tannins are smooth and in balance with intense fruit and acidity,’ said Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel, with consultant Michael Harrison adding: ‘Classical oxidative nose and good extraction.’

£23.00 Boutinot

Ruffino, Lodola Nuova, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2011, Tuscany , Italy

Silver medal winner

‘Opulent and rounded on the nose, showing purity and spices on a clean palate, with a persistent, balanced finish,’ said La Petite Maison’s Andrea Fasan. ‘Complex fruit with light oaking and soft spice,’ added Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel.

£14.17 Alivini , Matthew Clark

Argentiera, Bolgheri Superiore, 2011, Tuscany , Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Deep, brooding red, with big red fruit flavours, firm tannins and warm, raisined fruits on the palate,’ began team leader Jade Koch, continuing: ‘Ballsy, high tannin, very structured and tight. Will age very well.’

£33.82 Eurowines

Col d'Orcia, Poggio al Vento, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 2007, Tuscany , Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Fruit-driven, hearty style with graphite notes. Classy wine with great length,’ said an enthusiastic Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison, with team leader Simon Woods adding: ‘Ripe and generous, lovely grippy, spicy style.’

£52.00 Alivini

Ruffino, Modus, 2011, Tuscany , Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Lots of intense, leathery, cherryish flavours, great foodie wine,’ said Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, with Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House adding: ‘Juicy, moreish, balanced red fruit and cranberry, with hints of fig.’

£26.03 Alivini , Matthew Clark

Valdipiatta, Vigna d'Alfiero, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Tough, iron-rich style with plenty of fruit in evidence, but this is firm and tannic, long and grippy, intense and complex,’ said team leader Simon Woods, concluding: ‘Tasty, but so young.’ We hope it will return, so we can see how it ages.

£27.50 Liberty Wines

Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Hearty, leathery nose with a wild edge to it, followed by a clean, juicy, concentrated palate with juicy tannin support. Long and persistent on the finish,' said Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison. Team leader Laura Rhys MS said of this still obviously young wine: 'Lovely structure, but needs food.'

£24.21 Enotria&Coe

Mantellassi, Mentore, Morellino di Scansano, 2013, Tuscany , Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.58 Vinum

Santa Cristina, Le Maestrelle , 2013, Tuscany , Italy

Commended medal winner

Santa Vittoria, Leopoldo, 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Commended medal winner

Talenti, Brunello di Montalcino , 2010, Tuscany , Italy

Commended medal winner

£23.40 Bibendum Wine

Poliziano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2012, Tuscany , Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.92 Enotria&Coe

Le Ragnaie, Rosso di Montalcino, 2012, Tuscany , Italy

Commended medal winner

Carpineto, Poggio Sant’Enrico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2006, Tuscany , Italy

Commended medal winner