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"Seriously Classy" 96-Point Tuscan Gem for Under $40 - 01/16/2018 - Italy

When it comes to Italian Syrah, few producers enjoy such a sterling reputation as Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro. Their 2013 Il Bosco is no exception, having earned James Suckling’s third highest rating for Italian Syrah in the vintage. This is all the more remarkable when you consider the first two go for multiples of Il Bosco’s modest price of $39.99. This is all the more shocking when you consider this wine can hold its own when compared to some the top world’s Syrahs like those from Saxum, Cayuse, and Chapoutier, to name a few. Crafted in a bold, no-holds-barred style, it is a serious effort that will impress even the most seasoned collector of Syrah. As James Suckling succinctly put it, this wine is “seriously classy” and one that will be just as much of a joy to drink in the near term as it will in 10 to 15 years. With elite Syrahs routinely climbing over and above the $100 mark, this sub-$40 bottling is a super sharp buy that shouldn’t be missed.

2013 Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro "Il Bosco" Syrah Cortona (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Plenty of smoke and berry character with dark tea and sweet tobacco. Full body, silky and fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Seriously classy." (06/2017)