2007 Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro "Il Bosco" Syrah Cortona (Previously $60.00)

SKU #1110005 95 points Wine Spectator

 There's lovely structure to this subtle, rich Syrah that gives so much in texture and beauty. Full, yet polished and refined. Chewy and powerful on the finish. Says Côte-Rôtie in Italian. Best after 2012.  (10/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 ($40; 100% syrah; 14.5% alcohol) Dark ruby. Gorgeous syrah-typical aromas of black plum macerated in alcohol and dried herbs, with pretty nuances of pepper and smoky grilled bacon. Then rich, fleshy and sweet on the palate, with similar flavors to the aromas and a persistent, balsamic finish. The tannins really build on the back, but there's so much ripe fruit that this wine never turns dry or austere. Unquestionably the best Il Bosco ever, if in a distinctly high-octane style. It's safe to say that nobody in Italy is making better syrah today than Massimo D'Alessandro, who must be credited for having been the first to grasp Cortona's great potential for this variety.  (8/2010)

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Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan