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La Querciolina "Istriciaia" Maremma IGT 2011

New low price! Regular Vin Chicago retail - $16.99!
90 Our Score
(8/2016) Often called the "California of Italy," the Maremma region of Tuscany has been producing wines of great quality and value for some time, thanks in large part to its very warm summers cooled by ocean breezes at night. A two hour drive southwest from Florence, the Querciolina estate was purchased by Lorenzo and Luciano Sassetti (of Pertimali fame) in 1999, who quickly transformed the certified organic vineyards into some of the most valuable in the region. Made from an 80/20 blend of Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo (an indigenous grape of the area) the Istriciaia IGT offers the power, structure and balance of other well known Super Tuscans but at a fraction of the price. The name "Istriciaia" translates to "the place where the porcupine lives" but you'll find nothing prickly in this wine, as layers of rich red fruit combine with a polished touch of old-world character. Looking online, we found five listings with prices from $18 to $23. This is a very good buy at any of those amounts. At our price, this is a wine to tell your friends about.
$
1399
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Castello di Volpaia "Prelius" Maremma Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

89 Our Score
(8/2017) Sourced entirely from organically farmed grapes grown in the coastal Tuscan region of Maremma, this Italian Cabernet gives weedy, green pepper laced black cherry tones combined with riper raisin and plum flavors. With bright acidity and a hint of Bordeaux like cedar and tobacco, this is for Cabernet purists. Well done.
$
1379
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores
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