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    Brancaia Il Blu 2005
    Other Red Blends - Tuscany, Italy

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    Ratings

    • WE93
    • RP92
    Price: $80.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 Wine & Spirits, 90 Wine Spectator

    Region: Tuscany, Italy

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 95035

    Winemaker's Notes:

    IL BLU is the premier wine from Brancaia. This Super Tuscan proves what is possible today at Brancaia in terms of elegance, complexity and intensity. For many wine lovers all over the world, this wine already is a classic – perhaps because in every vintage it shows a strong identity, reflecting the character and quality of our vineyards in the Chianti Classico.

    Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Critical Acclaim:

    Everyone loves a wine like this: The aromas are soft, penetrating and remind you of chocolate fudge, spice, spresso and black currants. There’s precision and a careful balance here between softness and power. The tannins are supple and smooth, yet the wine extends deeply throughout the palate.

    93 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Crushed flowers, raspberries and sweet toasted oak waft from the glass as this beautiful wine reveals its feminine personality. The red fruit turns darker on the palate, where leather and spice overtones add further complexity... with well-integrated tannins, notable persistence and commendable balance.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    This sleek and jammy blend is 50 percent sangiovese and 45 percent merlot (the remainder is cabernet sauvignon). The fruit feels primary and fresh, a strawberry sweetness that's framed by sandy tannin. Balanced and long, this will match pork ribs fresh off the grill.

    91 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    Subtle yet complex aromas of mineral, currant and blackberry. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing finish…balanced and refined.

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    User Reviews:

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    Ricker (12/28/2010)
    This is one delicious wine. It's soft and supple in the mouth and on the nose, but there is depth, complexity and firm structure here. It goes well with red meat and garlic. We've had it with grilled lamb and with beef rubbed with olive oil, garlic, fennel seeds and pepper. Yum. I would not be so high on this wine at the full price of $80 a bottle. There's an awful lot of great wine out there when you get into that neighborhood. But it's been on sale pretty regularly for half that, and it is killer for that kind of money. Buy more than one; you're going to wish you had more.
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    Gtr_Sam (10/14/2010)
    Let this wine decant fro about 30 minutes before tasting! It's tart right after opening but becomes very smooth after decanting.
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    jpop07 (9/26/2010)
    The Brancaia Il Blu was surprisingly smooth and delicious. I expected there to be more acidity, but it was a very pleasurable bottle to drink.
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    John Westcott (9/22/2012)
    Excellent Super Tuscan
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    Curtis Rogers (9/29/2010)
    "Super" is the best way to describe this wine, certainly! Full, bright, smooth in center of the tongue, peppery on sides, with a nice light, persistent finish. A lovely mouthful of flavor, in a plum colored beautiful wine!
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    namehere (9/25/2010)
    A fun wine to preview while it breaths over a few hours, but not for my taste. If you like old world wines you should enjoy this.
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    Mary R (11/18/2011)
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