94 point Tuscan Cellar Selection: “The King of All Wines,” as Low as $17.99

This is our #1 most exciting Tuscan wine feature yet. It’s the gorgeous 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from the renowned Gracciano della Seta estate. This has already achieved a 94 point rating from Wine Enthusiast. That ranks it alone as the top rated Vino Nobile of the vintage to date, out of 38 reviewed. It also earned a “Cellar Selection” recommendation for its ability to age.

This deeply aromatic and impressively full-flavored re d outperforms even many Brunellos (Tuscany’s most famous collectible reds made from the same variety) in tastings. It’s rated higher, too. This achieved a higher rating than 165 out 187 Brunellos reviewed this year (and every single Brunello was priced higher)! Only 16 of the 187 Brunellos reviewed scored higher than this Vino Nobile’s 94 point rating. Six Brunellos reviewed this year earned the exact same 94 point rating. Only one of the six was picked as a Cellar Selection, though, and prices on the six ranged from $65 to $290 per bottle!

This 94 point Cellar Selection Vino Nobile Tuscan red is regularly just $27.99 per bottle. Arrowine’s E-mail Sale means you can save over 35% and order a case today for just $17.99 per bottle. Supplies are limited, though. Call soon!

2013 Gracciano della Seta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Tuscany, Italy) (“94 points” and “Cellar Selection” -Wine Enthusiast)
Reg. $27.99 per bottle
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $21.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $19.99 per bottle
Case (12+ bottles): $17.99 per bottle

  • To order, please call Arrowine: 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
  • Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
  • This wine arrives at Arrowine tomorrow, Friday, June 30th.
  • Sale prices are good for one week.

What a year it’s been for Tuscan wine! The string of stellar vintages from 2010 to 2013 has given us fabulous wines to chose from. We’ve featured some terrific Tuscan finds! There have been E-mail sales on 100 point Brunello di Montalcino and top rated Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. We’ve had E-mail Sales with Super Tuscan cabernet-based blends and sangiovese-based Rosso di Montepulciano. And much more. We’ve had everyday “house wine” values and grand splurges for the cellar. But we’ve never had a wine that combines top quality and low price quite like the 94 point 2013 Gracciano della Seta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano!

Here’s the review from Wine Enthusiast:

“Enticing floral, wild berry, new leather and truffle aromas seemingly float out of the glass, growing darker with spice as the wine takes on air. The palate is elegant and still youthfully austere, offering Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, clove and white pepper flavors, framed by firm, chewy tannins and vibrant acidity. A licorice note closes the lingering finish. Drink 2020–2035. 94 points. Cellar Selection.” –Kerin O’Keefe, Italian Editor, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017.

Here’s more about Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG:

This wine starts in some of the finest, most prestigious, hillside vineyards near the ancient walled village of Montepulciano. This location is about 20 miles east of Montalcino (home of the famous Brunello). The best red wines of this area are called “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano”. They’re made primarily (at least 80% required) from the same variety as Brunello (sangiovese grosso, locally called prugnolo gentile).

The Montepulciano hills are considered one of the great “terroirs” of Tuscany. The wines from these silty limestone clay hillsides are among Italy’s best. They were also among Italy’s very first wines to earn the important DOCG classification (along with Brunello di Montalcino, Barbaresco and Barolo).

Vino Nobile has a long and important history. Vineyards have been planted in these hills for at least 1,200 years. The area’s wines were called “the king of all wines” in a famous 1685 poem by Francesco Redi. Voltaire praised the wines in his book Candide. The area’s best wines are named Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Noble Wine of Montepulciano). The name reflects the historical perspective that these were wines to be served at the tables of nobility.

These wines are also important today. They are sought after by collectors in Tuscany and around the world. Vino Nobiles have earned ratings up to 95 points from the Wine Spectator and they’ve frequently been included on the prestigious list of Top 100 Wines of the Year. The Wine Enthusiast has reviewed 388 Vino Nobiles since the 1988 vintage. Only one achieved a higher rating than the 94 point 2013 Gracciano della Seta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano you can order today (a $50 Vino Nobile from 2010 was rated 95 points).

It is one of the three great expressions of the sangiovese grape in Tuscany (the other two great Tuscan red DOCGs are Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino). The climate around Montepulciano is generally warmer than Chianti Classico and cooler than Montalcino. This “Goldilocks” climate, along with the excellent volcanic and limestone sandy clay soils produce deeply aromatic wine with full body and excellent flavor intensity. Many have described Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as having the perfume of Chianti Classico with the richness of Brunello di Montalcino.

Here’s more about the gorgeous 2013 Gracciano della Seta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano:

The estate, Tenuta di Gracciano Della Seta, has been in the Della Seta family since the 1800s and was once over 1,500 acres. In the mid-1900s, the family divided the estate. Piera della Seta Ferrari Corbelli Greco (born in 1910) kept the Villa and the vineyards which are centered around the outstanding Gracciano hillsides. Other family members got the land devoted to other crops and to Tuscany’s renowned Chianina cattle. Piera’s son Giorgio della Seta later took over the estate. Today, famed agronomist Giuseppe “Beppe” Rigoli is winemaker.

The 18 acres of vineyards of the Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta estate, planted at between 980 and 1,150 feet of elevation, are some of the finest in the historic part of Montepulciano. The soils are sandy and silty clay and exposures are to the south, southeast and southwest.

This Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is 90% sangiovese grosso (locally called prugnolo gentile) and 10% merlot. The individual vineyard plots are named Rovisci, Maramai, Toraia. The vines are old and exclusively in the top Gracciano section Montepulciano. Many of the vines were planted in 1970 with others planted in the 1990s (now over 20 years old).

Yields are kept extremely low to assure concentration and ripeness. At 35-40 hl/ha, yields are lower than most Brunello di Montalcino. The wines are made at the brand new, custom-designed winery and cellar on the property. Rigoli ages the Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile wines in a combination of French oak tonneaux and larger Slavonian oak casks, giving them excellent texture and fine structure without excess weight. This Vino Nobile spent at least 18 months in oak, and at least a year in bottle prior to release. The result is a wine that is fragrant, powerful, complex and pure.

About the 2013 vintage in Tuscany:

Tuscany enjoyed a classic and excellent vintage in 2013. The wines are ripe and full. But, because it wasn’t extremely hot, they are also fresh and aromatic. The balance of the best wines is outstanding and the elegant and ample tannic structure will assure the wines can age wonderfully. A number of producers believe they made their best wines yet in 2013. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was not rated separately, but it’s worth noting that the nearby Chianti Classico DOCG earned a vintage rating of 96 points in the Wine Advocate. That’s tied as the highest rated vintage ever for the region.

Here’s how the 2013 Gracciano della Seta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano tastes:

This ruby-colored red is bursting with a fresh, deep, ripe fragrance of roses, cherries, ripe sweet berries, herbs and spices. The palate is full-bodied but not heavy. It has round velvety texture, polished ripe tannins, and structure that assures it can age. The finish is very long; it deftly combines ripe red and black fruit with sweet spice. “Noble” indeed, this will work brilliantly with any meat dish, especially a grilled steak with Tuscan herbs or pasta with a ragu of wild boar.  Already drinking wonderfully, this will continue to improve. It can be enjoyed for a well over a decade.

Again, to order, please call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. This wine arrives at Arrowine tomorrow, Friday, June 30th.

Thank you for taking the time to read about this exciting Tuscan wine. It’s not easy to find world-class wines that can age for over a decade at under $25 per bottle. Order soon. Supplies are limited.

Jim Cutts

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Posted On: 29 Jun 17