A fascinating comparison of three Bordeaux-blend wines from Tuscany and The Marche: international varieties given a truly Italian twist. Deep-coloured, bursting with fruit, spice and ripe tannins, and with a classically Italian balsamic note, these are ideal wines to enjoy with savoury food and love on chilly, dark late-winter evenings.
The presentation box contains one of each of these wines:
Confusion, Marche Rosso IGT, 2012. Combining the four Bordeaux varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) and aged for 6 years, this is a complex, intense wine with red fruit and spice flavours, great balance and structure and a long finish. Decant an hour before drinking to remove sediment and oxygenate the wine. Great with game, spicy meats, blue cheese, and dark chocolate.
Mosaico, Bolgheri DOC, 2015. Mosaico combines 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot to create a wine full of blackcurrant, red fruit, cinnamon and tobacco flavours. The concentrated richness of Merlot is supported by acidity and smooth tannins and a long, brushed-velvet finish. The wine is bottled without being fined or filtered, so needs decanting. Partner with game, rich pasta sauces and risotto.
Inssieme, Toscana IGT, 2014. Inssieme is made by Italian-Brazilian Nick Salussolia and his oenologist Paolo Marchi, who vinified an unusual blend of varieties (45% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc) to make vinous gold. Stuffed with black and red fruits, beautifully structured and very long, the wine came second in a line-up of super-Tuscans that included Sassicaia and Tignanello. Serve with rich vegetarian and meat dishes or medium-aged cheeses.