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Sangiovese, the signature grape of Tuscany,
makes earthy, cherry-inflected reds. This
bottling adds a touch of Merlot for softness.
What You Need To Know
Good Sangiovese can be a tough
wine to love when it’s young: High in tannins and acidity, it takes
years for its flavors to soften. That’s why winemakers in Tuscany,
Sangiovese’s home turf, often hold on to their wines for years
before releasing them. An alternative, modern tactic is to blend
in small amounts of lusher varieties, such as Merlot, which is the
approach that Bellavista Toscana takes with its Terre del Silenzio
cuvée. Owned for generations by the Fulceri family, the Bellavista
Toscana estate is located in Lajatico, a cluster of Etruscan-era
villages perched in the tawny Tuscan hills 25 miles from the
Tyrrhenian coast. Aging the wine in stainless steel tanks (not
oak barrels) keeps its soft fruit flavors center stage.
Exuberant, ripe red
Smooth and earthy,
with plump red currant
and clove flavors.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Rare steaks, rich braises,
ragùs and pastas; chicken or