Tommasi Amarone new Vintages Essential at LCBO that deserves your attention

Toronto Star, Canadian's largest online news site awarded with 93 points Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016 as one of the new Vintages Essential at the LCBO that deserves your attention!

For many of us, a glass of wine is a treat. A reminder of small blessings. A time to slow down and let the liquid arouse our senses with its fragrance, flavours and textures. If that’s how you approach wine, here’s a bit of good news. The LCBO just added some exciting new wines to its roster of Vintages Essentials, and they’re arriving on shelf now.

Vintages Essentials, as the name implies, are wines always stocked in the Vintages section of Ontario liquor stores. These wines earn their coveted spots as Vintages Essentials by consistently selling out quickly when released in smaller lots though intermittent Vintages releases. They are bestsellers. And about six out of every 10 bottles sold in Vintages are Vintages Essentials,

And Amarone lovers should know the 2016 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG from the Veneto (Vintages Essential 356220 $49.95) is now always available. This dark, generous wine slips in with silky richness and fans out with fresh fruit — berries and figs, plums and sultanas — as well as finer brush strokes of toasted hazelnut, white pepper and bittersweet chocolate. Much going on in this tightly-wound, well-made wine. This big, bold red works well with grilled steak or grilled portobello mushrooms. Score: 93

James Suckling rewards Tommasi

The impossibility of traveling among the vineyards and cellars around the world does not stop the work of wine criticism.
James Suckling, one of the most important wine critics in the world, tastes thousands of labels every year from his headquarters in Hong Kong.
His love for Italian wines is well known.

Excellent performances for Tommasi wines, especially Ca'Florian Amarone Riserva docg 2012, which confirmes its premium attitude to being awarded and our Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg, which deserves beautiful 94 points score with the new 2016 vintage.

This is really showing lots of dried fruit with sultana, white-pepper and fig flavors. It’s full and very tight with a long, intense finish. Chewy and gorgeous now. Very classic with a light touch of bitterness at the finish.

A rich, layered Amarone with lots of fruit. Bright, sliced dried citrus to the ripe and juicy fruit. It’s full-bodied and compact with a beautiful finish and transparency

A beautiful valpo with delicious berry, light sandalwood and chocolate. Flavor throughout. Such balance, intensity and length and a creamy texture. A wine you want to drink. Lovely now.

A beautiful valpo with delicious berry, light sandalwood and chocolate. Flavor throughout. Such balance, intensity and length and a creamy texture. A wine you want to drink. Lovely now.

A pleasant red with ripe-berry and light pepper character. Medium body, round tannins and a juicy finish

2015 Casisano Brunello reviews

The first appreciative reviews for our 2015 Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Docg
2015, the first vintage of our Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Docg since we purchased the estate in March 2015, has been received by the international press in the best possible way, immediately obtaining some important accolades.
Wine critic James Suckling, according to whom 2015 may be considered an extraordinary year for Brunello, gave it a rating of 94/100, while Monica Larner of “Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate” gave it 91/ 100, and Walter Speller (writing for Jancis Robinson) rewarded it with a vote of 17+ out of 20 (read HERE the reviews)
These initial successful results from international wine writers reward a wine made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, which comes from the nine hectares of vines at Casisano estate dedicated exclusively to the production of Brunello. These vines are Cordon Spur-trained and face south-east, on mixed soil rich in stones and galestro (schistous marl).
The ideal weather conditions of 2015
It is important to recognize that in 2015 there were the ideal weather conditions (a mild winter, an averagely rainy spring, a dry summer and a variable autumn with excellent thermal excursion) in order to be able to pick grapes with notably complex aromas, elegant tannins and natural acidity that was considerably higher than the norm: all decisive in creating a product of rare and outstanding quality.

«The first Brunello that we have supervised from the vineyard to the winery» underlines Casisano’s enologist Emiliano Falsini, «is the synthesis of an ideal year and a special terroir: a wine of great depth, structure and elegance, destined to continue evolving with age in the bottle».

Casisano’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Docg displays a deep ruby color, tinged with garnet. It opens up on the nose with an elegant, fresh complexity, based on the fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese. It offers attractive balance on the palate, with its great structure being accompanied by velvety tannins and considerable persistence.
Maceration on the skins, maturation in oak casks and aging in bottle
Casisano’s 2015 Brunello Docg follows the traditional vinification method, with maceration on the skins for around twenty-five days, followed by maturation for three years in Slavonian oak casks with a maximum capacity of sixty hectoliters and at least six months’ bottle-aging.
It is perfect for accompanying rich game dishes, grilled red meats and mature cheeses.
Casisano estate
The Casisano estate lies on a natural terrace at 480 meters above sea level, overlooking the south-eastern zone of the Montalcino region, facing Sant’Angelo in Colle and the Abbey of Sant'Antimo. The soils are made up of sandstone rocks and schistous marl containing stones, clay, and tuff of volcanic origin. The estate covers an area of 53 hectares, of which 22 are vineyards and 8 are olive groves.
Nine hectares are dedicated to the production of Brunello, seven hectares to Rosso, and the other six hectares to the Sant’ Antimo denomination. Casisano is entirely planted with Sangiovese Grosso, with traditional Cordon Spur training, and is divided up into ten vineyard sites. From the oldest of these (of around two hectares) the grapes are selected for the Brunello Riserva Colombaiolo.
Plant density is 4,000 vines per hectare, sometimes rising to 5,000 in the older vineyards. The average yield is 7,000 kilos of grapes per hectare. The grapes are selected strictly by hand.
Today, the Casisano estate produces around 100,000 bottles a year, of which 45,000 are of Brunello.
Each single parcel of Casisano’s vineyards is managed and monitored according to the characteristics of the soil, its exposure and the type of wine to be made from it. This agronomic management allows us to maintain a good balance between vegetation and fruit and guarantees that the vineyards remain in harmony with the ecosystem, thus ensuring that our grapes have excellent taste profiles.

Italian wine Guides 2020 accolades

Great accolades and reviews from the most prestigious Italian wine guides 2020 edition
En plein for De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Classico docg Riserva 2009, it has deserved the best from all the Italian guides:

  • 3 bicchieri, Gambero Rosso
  • 5 grappoli, Bibenda
  • 4 viti, Ais Vitae
  • Crown and Golden Star, Vini Buoni d'Italia
  • 3 Golden stars, I Vini di Veronelli
  • 96/100 Faccini, Doctor Wine Cernilli

De Buris 2009 has been reviewed also by:
- Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate and got a beautiful 95/100 rate;
- James Suckling who gave it 93/100 points
- Christian Eder of Vinum who reward it with 18/20 points.
Tommasi Family Estates wines also got great accolades and in particular Paternoster Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture doc 2016 deserved:

  • 3 bicchieri, Gambero Rosso
  • 5 grappoli, Bibenda
  • 4 viti, Ais Vitae
  • 4 Stars, Vini Buoni d'Italia
  • 3 Golden stars, I Vini di Veronelli

We are very proud of our Casisano Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013, which has deserved 5 grappoli from Bibenda and 2 red glasses from Gambero Rosso after having collected awesome rates from the International wine critics ( read )