Red

2017 Duemani Altrovino Toscana IGT

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Toscana IGT
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 19, 2021 - First of 4 ($27.99@) from online wine clearinghouse #2, purchased about 4 months ago. On the nose and palate, rich, ripe dark fruit led by cherries, dark berries and plums, dark florals, spice and a touch of minerality with a light coffee note on the back end. Blackish purple, medium+ bodied, thick legs. Powerful tannins and acidity, no heat. Moderate complexity, good+ intensity and persistence. I've been looking covetously at the Duemani Syrah for some time, and having a chance to buy 4 bottles of the Altrovino (literally, the "other wine" in Italian, in contrast to its more famous, and expensive, sib) for less than the price of one bottle of the syrah, it seemed like a good way to test drive the winery's work. Like the Terra di Monteverro and the Arceno Valadorna, this came out of the bottle like a house on fire, with huge fruit, tannins and acidity, with much promise but not much balance. After 2.5 hours, the balance shifted, but still fell well short of integration. As Steve and I drank it over another couple of hours, the wine came into better focus, the wine delicious, powerful and opulent, but still in no danger of being called subtle, or elegant for that matter. Of this and the other 2 wines I mentioned, this one, even on the second night, was by far the closest to Modern Napa (albeit with more structure) with relatively few secondary notes at this point and little of the Tuscan typicity I adore; while I could have called it out as a young Bordeaux-style blend, I'd have certainly guessed Napa for provenance (and would have thought that there was some CS in the blend; there isn't. It's classic Right Bank 50-50 CF-Merlot.). I had this with apps rather than food both nights, and while I think it would be a more than acceptable accompaniment, at this point, the fruit is too big for it to excel, in all likelihood, as much as most of its Tuscan peers. All that said, as readers of my TNs will have noticed, I'm drinking this much earlier than I normally would drink a CS/Bordeaux blend, because 1) I have 4, and it's good to set a baseline, 2) other TNs indicated that, with enough air, it's drinking well now, and 3)everyone else drinks their wine young on CT, so WTH not? I'll continue to do so on occasion, but I don't think that this wine is an advertisement for early drinking, especially, God knows, without lots of air. While I am always reluctant to place too much faith in the drinking window game, I'm thinking that, even with air, this is 2-5 years away from peak drinking, then, even though it seems unlikely to be a long-term ager, able to hold that for another 5 or so. Still, if it never gets better than this (assuming this level would hold for a while, which I think it will), very solid qpr at what I paid, and I think it more likely will become a 93+ wine sooner than later. 90+ on night #1, 92+ on night 2, 91+ overall.

  • Qventoid#11 Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 19, 2021 - Needs 3-4 hours of air or to be left open overnight at this point to open up...

  • Defcahn5 Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 10, 2021 - Great fruit. Cherry, grape, peppermint, leather. Lot going on. Excellent structure and a nice finish. Bit young so will likely develop even more. Really really nice wine.

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  • Erikjay Likes this wine: 90 points

    August 7, 2021 - Great balance, lovely acidity and a nice tannic backbone.
    I guess this will be excellent in five years.

  • neurovino Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 9, 2021 - Definitely a modern style with higher alcohol and little restraint. Fair for the price. Interesting to taste a modern style Tuscan wine that seems more like CA than Italy.

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    Tuscany New Releases, Part 1 (Mar 2020), 3/1/2020 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2017
  • Type Red
  • Producer Duemani
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Altrovino
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Tuscany
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Toscana IGT
  • UPC Code 8051566881192

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 38 (13%)
  • In Cellars 193 (66%)
  • Consumed 61 (21%)

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Community Recommendations

as a standalone, chocolate, red meat, some rich pastas and stews

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