Our Score: 92
This Supertuscan from Tenuta Casteani takes the nervous personality of Sangiovese and moderates it with the roundness of Merlot. At the nose, plums and dark berries jam, geranium, a balsamic note of bay leaves and pine trees, vanilla, and a peppery note.
At the palate it is complex, smooth, warm and persistent, with a finish both fruity and sapid. The tannins are elegant.
Grapes: Sangiovese, Merlot
Pairing: If you like to have a red wine with a tuna steak, this is the right one. I still prefer it with aged dry cheeses, roasted meats or pizza with sausages and rapini, or more traditionally, tagliatelle with beef ragu.
Appellation: Maremma Toscana DOC, Italy
Maremma, in southern Tuscany, has well-preserved natural territories, and the grape farming benefits from the breeze of the Mediterranean Sea.
From Bordeaux guru Eric de Rothschild to the Antinori family, many wine aristocrats have invested in this land in the last 15 years, leading to a surge in quality at affordable prices compared to similar viticultural areas.