2010 Brancaia Il Blu IGT

Year: 2010
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$59.95

"Lean, with cherry, cedar and pepper flavors accented by spice notes. Balanced toward the tannins, with a lightly astringent and firm finish. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported. –BS " (WS)

"The 2010 Il Blu is 50% Sangiovese with some Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in oak for up to 20 months. This gorgeous wine shows incredible seamlessness with smooth aromas of cherry and blackberry that fold neatly into savory tones of spice and leather. The quality of the winemaking is impeccable. Il Blu is especially profound in the mouth, where it shows supple tannins and long persistency. It boasts integrated acidity and well-managed tannins. The 2010 vintage shows youthful, nervous energy that bodes well for its future evolution.

Barbara Widmer's Brancaia offers a stunning set of new releases with wines from some of the best recent vintages including 2010 and 2013. If you are a Brancaia fan, as am I, you should not miss these wines." (WA)

"It's interesting to taste the 2010 Il Blu. While virtually all of Tuscany's internationally-styled wines are much more elegant and restrained today than they were in the mid-1990s (when this style was at its peak of fashion) the 2010 Il Blu tastes like a throwback to that era. A mass of super-ripe, dark blue/black fruit and new French oak hits the palate in a full-bodied, voluptuous wine. Readers will find no subtlety or nuance here, but rather a wine that makes its case with sheer power. Sadly, this is one of the most disappointing Il Blus I can remember tasting, both relative to the best years and a vintage that produced so many true rockstar wines." (VM)

"A serious red with currant, raspberry and citrus aromas and flavours. Full body with silky tannins and a fruity finish. A gorgeous red. A blend of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. You want to drink this now but it will improve wonderfully with age: better to open in 2015." (JS)

"A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this opens with aromas of charred earth, game and a funky whiff of barnyard. The evolved palate offers dried black cherries, prune, coffee, clove, oak and licorice alongside fleeting but astringent tannins." (WE)