Although facing seasonal climate change, Tuscan wine reacts constantly with greater definition and personality while maintaining its strong red vocation.
In central Tuscany, especially in Chianti, Sangiovese increasingly takes on the role of absolute protagonist and often also solo (the tradition has been that of blending it with other varieties). There is a strong desire among producers to enhance Sangiovese in the different territorial identities, so much so that the theme of zonation circulates in many discussions at different levels.
The Chianti Classico wines of 2015 are vigorous wines, opposite to those of the previous vintage, of which this year came the most advanced versions (i.e. Riserva). In the 2014 vintage Sangiovese shows its most feminine face made of grace, both in Chianti and Montepulciano. This vintage from the fresh and partly rainy summer has favored varieties like Merlot, Pinot noir, Cabernet franc, which are more and more present in different wine areas of Tuscany.
On the Tyrrhenian coast, where international varieties are dominating and experimentation is on the agenda, a detailed map of different areas has emerged both north and south of Bolgheri. 2015 with its warm summer has exalted the Mediterranean character typical of Maremma and the entire coastline.
Inside the provinces of Massa, Pisa, Livorno and Grosseto also emerged precise vocation units, each with a well-defined perimeter.
Organic orientation and attention to the environment and health are well-established practices of many productive realities throughout the region, including biodynamic choice; the approach is mature and often brings products to the highest levels of assessment.
In Montalcino it was the turn of the 2012 vintage, hot and dry (unlike the summer of 2011 the heat was constant throughout the season with a distinctly different result); the Montalcino 2012 Brunello have energy, tannic strength and concentration, they are certainly suitable for further aging in bottle.