Bocelli Rosso Toscana IGT 2013: Dark ruby-purple with some translucence; raspberry, cherry nose; dark fruits, cherry, plum, chocolate on the palate;
very smooth and approachable, medium body, relaxed tannin, serviceable acidity, very restrained French oak. Fruity, smoky, lush; some of the sangiovese fruit is allowed to raisin to concentrate the fruitiness. This is easy drinker that will please those who enjoy softer, rounder wines and those who enjoy Tuscan wines in general. Most folks know Andrea Bocellli for his singing voice—70 million albums, most successful classical music artist of all time—but long before the Bocelli name was associated with sublime music, it was linked to good wine. The Bocellis have made wine in Tuscany for more than 130 years, spanning three generations. “Mamma Bocelli” still works in the vineyard, hand-tying vines. Andrea’s brother, Alberto, and his sister-in-law Cinzia manage the azienda (company). The Bocellis now partner with other Tuscan growers to introduce Bocelli wines to a larger market, but they are quick to assert Alberto and Andrea are not simply endorsers slapping their name on a bottle to profit off Andrea’s fame. The family actively participates in grape selection and production, and then there is “Mamma” tying those vines. Good wine, good people, beautiful music is the bonus. $15
Bocelli Winery website
Second photo: Andrea and Alberto Bocelli in their vineyard.