Brancaia Ilatraia 2012
Wine SpectatorTop 100: 2015, Rank: 52. 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.
Wine AdvocateThe 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.
Wine EnthusiastMade 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.