2015 Petra Toscana Zingari

 
“Super Tuscan” is the name given to Tuscan wines that include juice made from non-Tuscan varietals like Sangiovese, the grape that’s used in Chiantis and Brunellos. The 2015 Zingari is made from a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. According to a Wine Spectator reviewer, who bestowed a healthy 92-point rating on the quaff, “Bright, ripe cherry and plum fruit flavors offset the savory tobacco, earth and herb notes in this plump red, which is balanced despite the exuberant tannins, while vivid acidity keeps the long aftertaste focused…. Best from 2022 through 2033.”

James Suckling, another well-known reviewer, found the taste – except for the cherries – to be far different, noting, “Beautiful aromas of cherries, dark chocolate and lemon rind, following through to a full body with round and chewy tannins. Yet, it is polished and soft. A juicy finish. Drink or hold.” James gave the wine a truly sky-high 94-point rating.

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