2013 Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro "Il Bosco" Syrah Cortona

SKU #1356583 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.  (6/2017)

93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Syrah Il Bosco is soft, fruity and absolutely delicious. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco, lavender, menthol and sage are front and center. There is so much to like in this alluring, inviting Syrah from D'Alessandro. Il Bosco is not exactly varietally expressive, but it is quite tasty. A greater sense of structure emerges with time in the glass. (AG)  (4/2018)


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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/20/2018 | Send Email
As I continue my December Syrah kick, I must say, I was rather an eager beaver willing to try the Il Bosco from Italy. Packed with elegance and bold flavor, this bottle was unique and super enjoyable. Worth a whirl for any syrah lover.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2018 | Send Email
Although Italy is not known for producing much Syrah, this estate has lead the way for many years with one of the country's best. There's plenty of rich, velvety and mineral-driven black fruit with fine tannins and a long finish. It's a very fine example of Syrah that's not to be missed.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan