2010 Giusti e Zanza "Perbruno" Syrah Toscana

SKU #1152835 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* The quality of fruit in this expression of Syrah is dark, plush, rich and opulent. The bouquet offers notes of black cherry, prune, smoked bacon, tobacco, white pepper and clove. The tannins are luscious and firm, and there’s plenty of ripe fruit to keep the wine firmly fixed to the palate for many minutes.  (4/2013)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2014 | Send Email
Treading a fine line between ripe, rich and extracted Syrah and a more savory, balanced incarnations. Big, dark, rich fruit, with roasted earth, smoked meat and dark spices. A full-bodied wine with just enough acidity to keep it in line. Already showing well now but might soften with a few more years in bottle.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2014 | Send Email
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This Tuscan Syrah really grabbed my attention; the wine has incredible concentration (part of the benefit of the outstanding 2010 vintage in Tuscany) but what really turns me on about Syrah is when that power is balanced with great length and acidity. The aromatics are bold complex, dark fruit laden and though for me reminiscent of blackberry I hesitate to use that word because the wine doesn’t have an overtly “fruity” nature to it at all. This wine is about concentrated power, yet faceted, dynamic and layered this wine has it all. The balance is incredible and for me more often than not lack of acidity in Syrah is when I lose interest, but this wine’s balance stretches out the finish to produce an incredible palate impression. Supple and fleshy with tannins in check but still giving structure, the flavors are classic, hints of black pepper, spice, subtle black currant…. this wine is fantastic.
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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Super Tuscan