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2005 Brancaia Italian (Tuscany) Red "Ilatraia"

Brancaia 2005 Ilatraia

Winery: Brancaia

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Ilatraia"

Wine Category: Italian (Tuscany) Red

Grape blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese, & 10% Petite Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Maremma

State or country: Italy

Price: $60

Cases produced: 2,750

KWG Score: 93 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (97.99-94)

Review date: September 9, 2008

Wine Review: This wine shows stunning elegance. This is a terrific example of how a Tuscan producer can make a refined wine. If you are looking for a huge wine this is not the one, but if you are looking for a graceful and delicious wine to absolutely impress your guests, look no further. This ruby colored wine opens with a modest cherry like bouquet with a touch of spice. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is very silky, exceptionally well balanced, and elegant with delicious blackberry flavors with a hint of spice and black cherries. The finish is dry with ultra fine tannins that sail on for a really long time. So don’t wait to enjoy this gem. It is drinking perfectly right now. Invite over someone special and share this bottle over a grilled steak. It will be a wine and evening you will remember and talk about for a while. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: ILATRAIA, an intense, elegant and terroir-typical wine, is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese and 10% Petit Verdot, all handpicked. It ages for 18 months in French casks. The name ILATRAIA has been the name of a hill on our estate for centuries – today it stands as the primary plot from which our Petit Verdot is harvested.

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