2012 Brancaia Ilatraia IGT

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 88
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Dense and tightly wound, with a beam of black cherry and blueberry fruit. Cedar, smoke, tar and tobacco notes add nuance, giving this a complex impression overall. Balanced and long, with a compact finish that should expand as this integrates more fully. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2032. 3,750 cases imported.–BS " (WS)

"The 2012 Ilatraia is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc that sees an 18-month oak regime with new and used barrique. This is a massive wine that smiles bright with Tuscan sunshine. Its appearance is dark and dense and the bouquet peels back with thick layers of black fruit and integrated spice. The tannins are supple, soft and seamless.

Winemaker Barbara Widmer characterizes the 2012 vintage as hot and dry, especially at the peak of summer. This led to reduced yields (of about 15% overall) and thicker skins on the grapes. High polyphenolic levels and supple extracts are impossible to miss in the two wines made that year: Ilatraia and Tre." (WA)

"The 2012 Ilatraia, a Bordeaux blend from Brancaia's vineyards in Maremma, is intense, dark and plush, with plenty of super-ripe black cherry, smoke, plum and oak. In this vintage, the Ilatraia comes across as heavy and super-extracted, with big tannins and less of the inviting sensuality that this part of the Tuscan coast excels with. " (VM)

"Plenty of blueberry, chocolate and light toasted oak character. Smoky meat, too. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs a year or two to come together. " (JS)

"Made from 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this has inviting aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, forest floor and a whiff of cedar. The dense, polished palate delivers ripe black cherry, clove, licorice and tobacco. Firm, refined tannins provide support." (WE)