Introducing 2010 Tuscany

Another vintage of the decade but this time we’re serious!


Tomorrow I will write about wines that, while fabulous, you have only a slim chance of tracking down, particularly in pristine condition. Today, to preventatively atone for that transgression I bring you wines that are not only fabulous, but are both well priced and in the market today. They also serve as an introduction to 2010 in Tuscany, another vintage of the decade in that making!

Seriously, 2010 is shaping up to be one of the great vintages of our lifetimes. Burgundy, Bordeaux, Piedmont, and Tuscany all knocked it out of the park. The weather was great, without being excessive, and producers are on the top of their game. The results speak for themselves. These are wines to track down and stock up on. It's a vintage that offers terrific quality from top to bottom, which makes it even more exciting in Tuscany where there are plenty of well priced wines that offer great value in typical vintages. In a standout vintage like 2010 they are unbeatable values!
I'm including notes in two parts below. The first are a small set of 7 notes on well priced wines from a blind tasting, and then I've also included a few notes from the recent Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting here in NYC. Obviously the first set is more in depth and I got a fuller picture of each wine's character, but the wines from the Tre Bicchieri tasting were standouts and are worth including here if only to urge you to try and taste them in order to form your own impression of these great wines.
In short the 2010 vintage in Tuscany is one of the very rare vintages where everything comes together perfectly. The wines are rich, but not weighty. Full of fruit, but red and fresh fruit with nary a roasted edge to be found, in stark contrast to 2009 which is dark fruited, roasty, and powerful in a more obvious way. The difference is something akin to being beaten by a boxer or a fencer. 2010 is the fencer. Precise, agile, and elegant. There's plenty of fruit here, and exceptional structural balance. It's also the rare vintage that will probably drink well relatively early yet last for a pair of decades or longer. Having said that most of the wines still need a year or three to round into shape. It's a vintage I will be buying from top to bottom.
The following wines were tasted blind as a set of eight. One wine, the Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino was corked and notes are not included.

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