Legendary, a new benchmark, once in a lifetime. These are the words used to describe the freshly released 2010s from Montalcino, the central Tuscan region made famous for its cultivation of Sangiovese Grosso, or more commonly known as Brunello. It is all too common in the wine world for accolades of this nature to be thrown towards a promising vintage, however there is no question that 2010 is special, most importantly for the wine we share with you today, our 2010 I Campanili Toscana Rosso. After three generations of successful grape growing in the sunny southern commune of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Anna Maria and Alamiro Caselli produced their first wines in 1997 and have never looked back. The wines from their estate’s 7 ½ acres always showcase the decadence and structure reserved for great Brunello, and this is especially the case with their offerings from 2010. Their I Campanili is particularly special in that it is crafted in the mold of the great Bolgheri Coast Super Tuscans, with 20% Merlot and 10% Syrah being part of the final blend.

Deep glossy crimson in color, the 70% Sangiovese defines the wine with its dark core of blackberry and licorice flavors, high acid, and bold tannin. The 20% Merlot contributes a rich savory mouthfeel and softens the gripping, chewy structure – its presence is also noticeable in the wine’s atypical deep color. The final 10% Syrah accents the wine with classic nuances of white pepper, grilled herbs, and worn leather notes most apparent on the nose and through the finish. Stunning to drink in its present form after two to three hours in the decanter, the wine should evolve nicely for many years to come.