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REVIEWS

The 2009 Le Buche from Olivi has aged wonderfully in the cellar at the winery.  We brought this one over from Italy to share with our loyal customers, a big and boisterous wine that will go with everything from red meat to pasta.  Red cherry, pipe tobacco, leather and cedar blend on this smoky and robust palate, balanced by a brisk acidity and fine grain tannin.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Feb 2017

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    70% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot
  • APPELLATION
    Tuscany, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

This “killer small production Super Tuscan” took our Tasting Panel by sweet surprise with its adoring black fruit on the palate. As a wine comprised of mostly the popular Sangiovese grape you will experience a classic profile of plum, black cherry and blackberry. The remaining is equal parts Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cab Franc showing off superb balance for the vintage.

As super fans of the ‘Super Tuscan’, we have always been impressed with Italy’s “rebel” wine producers who challenged the original Italian DOC system to create modern, high-quality wines, despite the fact that they had to label them “table wines.” The Super Tuscan eventually gained international respect, and a price to match. This vintage from Le Buche is worth every penny and is a most beautiful example of Italy’s very finest.

Reasons why we love it:

When Le Buche Estate owners joined forces with a team of master grape growers - Dr. Laura Bernini, Dr. Andrea Paoletti and Prof. Daniel Schuster - a new winemaking project found great success in classical Tuscan methods that met a modern edge. Getting to know these experts shows just how powerful this vintage is. Their hands have dramatically shaped this 2009 Super Tuscan with Dr. Laura Bernini as a driving force with her years of Tuscan expertise and Dr. Andrea Paoletti, the Tuscany native whose dissertation on the clonal selection of Sangiovese makes him the perfect expert for the Super Tuscan.

Additionally, Prof. Danny Schuster’s striking resume spans Tuscany, Australia, New Zealand (where he received the first gold medal for a NZ Pinot Noir at a national competition), South Africa, Bordeaux, Burgundy and California (Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Arrayo and Bella Oaks to name just a couple). Schuster also holds a permanent exhibit at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. for his contribution to the evolution of California’s modern wine industry. This professor knows his wine!

It has been recognized that the end of the 2009 season saved the harvest and those late ripening varietals have shown brilliant success. Such is the case for Tuscany’s Sangiovese. The vintage has proven a nice soft structure and supreme elegance over other current years. A nice brightness is reserved for this wine and un-sacrificed quality by the Le Buche label is abundantly clear. Enjoy!

TASTING NOTES 

Deep crimson hues. Seductive and voluptuous with roasted beet, earthy dired mushroom, dried cherry, subtle fresh lavender, cassis and a hint of dark mahogany.
Subtle and elegant fruits. Long, fresh and bright, with subtle fruits that tail off to subtle dried flower petals and a hint of brown spice persist.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From an early age I have always felt a strong connection to the land so much that, in 1986, I decided to buy La Sovana, I left my a previously ctivitie carried out with my brother Mauro and I decided to create this Farm with my wife Giovannella. With the success of this new activitie I bought the farm “Le Buche” , only 4 kilometers from La Sovana I created a 2-hectare vineyard and, with my son Riccardo, we decided to undertake a new wine project is also supported by the fact that the our customers were lovers of good Tuscan wine and good food.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Enjoy this wine with a perfectly grilled New York steak smothered in mushrooms.