The Carlton Restaurant

Italian Wines Red Tuscany

ANTINORI GUADO AL TASSO BOLGHERI BORDEAUX RED BLEND’13 – A bit reticent, with black cherry, black currant and herb flavors married to a supple texture and fine-grained tannins. The long finish shows promise, but this will need a few years to flesh out. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.”……199.99

ANTINORI GUADO AL TASSO BOLGHERI “IL BRUCIATO” ’15 – This is dark but not brooding, with a burst of ripe black currant and black cherry fruit shaded by licorice, spice and mint. Features grip and a lingering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.”……56.99

ARCANUM “IL FAUNO”’10  –  This Tuscan winery is owned by the enormous Jackson Family of Wines operation, and it’s only the company’s second Italian brand under its umbrella. Tenuta di Arceno’s Il Fauno di Arcanum bottling (not the same as Arcanum) is a Bordeaux-style blend of 56% merlot, 23% cabernet franc, 20% cabernet sauvignon, and 1% petit verdot.  It’s a complex little number, with a nose that kicks off some menthol, dense wood, licorice, and a touch of coal. On the body, more fruit comes through — though restraint is the name of the game — as notes of blackberry and currant emerge, plus a backbone of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee grounds. Some fresh tobacco leaf pops in on the finish. A restrained wine, but one with a lot of charm.”……….69.99

ARCANUM “VALADORNA”’09  –  Brimming with sweet cherry, raspberry, mushroom, anise and spice flavors, this is balanced and fresh, with a long, energetic aftertaste of dried fruit, spice and tea. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.”………149.99

BARICHELLO TORRAIA’12……..99.99

BRANCATELLI GUISEPE SYRAH’09 ……..119.99

BRANCATELLI VALLE DEL SOGNO CABERNET FRANC/CABERNET SAUVIGNON’11 ……..139.99

BRANCATELLI VALLE DELLE STELLE CABERNET BLEND’12….45.99

CA MARCANDA MAREMMA GAJA PROMIS” RED BLEND’13  –  “This wine is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese grapes. It’s a beautiful expression of fleshy ripe blackberries, fig, cassis, violets and sundried tomato. A mouth-coating texture and a lively acidity make for a delicious interplay of textures and flavors across the palate. This is one of Italy’s best producers. This winery is famed vintner Angelo Gaja’s project in Tuscany’s coastal region of Maremma.”……..119.99

CASADEI “FILARE 41″’04…83.99

CASANOVA Di NERI BRUNELLO MONTALCINO’12 – Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish.”……129.99

CASTELLO di POPPIANO SANGIOVESE TOSCO FORTE’14  –  This starts out with a core of cherry fruit on a round frame, accented by leather, earth and rose hip tea notes, and ends with density and dusty tannins.”……..54.99

FATTORIA LE PUPILLE MORELLINO DI SCANSANO’13  – “Silky and pure, featuring crushed plum fruit gilded with violet and lavender hints. The fruit sails through the finish. Grenache and Syrah.”…..34.99

GABBIANO TUSCANY-CHIANTI CLASSICO ’12  “Made with 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot and 5% Colorino, this straightforward, savory wine opens with aromas of ripe berry, tobacco, blue flowers and a whiff of cedar. The bright, accessible palate delivers crushed black cherry, licorice and white pepper alongside supple tannins and fresh acidity.”……….29.99

LAZARETTI  BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO’12 – “The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is an excellent effort from Marco Lazzeretti in this vintage. This instantly opens with profound aromas of dried black cherries and plum, which are woven together with leather, exotic spices and cedar. On the palate this full-bodied Brunello possesses a wonderful round, silky texture which demonstrates remarkable balance and structure leading into the long, persistent finish. This is already showing exceptionally well and at this stage may even be better than the excellent 2010. Marco Lazzeretti is certinaly a producer to keep your eye on as he is producing some absolutely outstanding wines which should not be missed.”………69.99

LUCE MONTALCINO “LUCENTE”’14 – Lots of blueberry, black currant and lavender aromas and flavors to this. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. So long and refined. Extremely well done.”……49.99

MARCHESE ANTINORI CHIANTI CLASSICO “TIGNANELLO”11–A powerful, concentrated style, boasting cherry, plum, leather, earth and tobacco flavors. Fine intensity propels the long, spice- and earth-tinged finish. Balanced overall.”………109.99

MARCHESE ANTINORI CHIANTI CLASSICO “TIGNANELLO” SANGIOVESE’14 – This is spry and taut, with cherry, strawberry, wild herb, spice and tobacco notes. Stays fresh and focused, firming up on the dense, long finish. Very Tuscan.”……85.99

MONTENIDOLI  VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO VERNACCIA’14  – “The excellent 2014 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore is made from the precious “mosto fiore” or the the first juice to emerge from the press before the skins, seeds and stems are put under excessive pressure. This pure must results in a more floral and delicate interpretation with clean lines, crisp acidity and delicate aromas of white flower and tropical fruit, as well as mint and saffron. This is an exceptional wine from the Tuscan City of Towers.”…………55.99

VILLA PUCCINI SANGIOVESE BLEND’14 – Plenty of dried fruit and chocolate aromas and flavor. Medium body, lovely ripe tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Really pretty to drink now. Sangiovese with 10% merlot.”……………32.99