Wine Spectator 90 points - 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
(Oct 15 2014)
Vinous 93 points - 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.
Brancaia IL BLU is distinguished for its elegance, complexity and intensity. It is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine ages 20 months in French barriques - 2/3 of them are new - and then matures 12 months in the bottle, prior to release.
|It was in 1981, when the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer fell in love with the at the time abandoned Brancaia estate (Castellina in Chianti) and purchased it. Only two years later, Brancaia made the first rank in an important Chianti Classico tasting and then rapidly gained international recognition.
This lead to a continuous extension of the activities resulting in purchasing the Poppi estate (Radda in Chianti) in 1989, followed in 1998 by the founding of Brancaia in Maremma, only 10km from the Mediterranean coastline.
Since 1998 Barbara Widmer, oenologist and daughter of the founders, has been responsible for the winemaking as well as for the vineyards on all three estates - she thereby relies on the consultancy of the famous oenologist Carlo Ferrini.
Since 2002 Martin Kronenberg has directed the estates together with Barbara while being responsible for the management and the worldwide distribution.
Today BRANCAIA is one of Tuscany’s leading wineries, receiving important national and international awards every year. The wines are successfully sold worldwide.