Bertinga, Toscana IGT (Tuscany, Italy) “Punta di Adine” 2016

($119, Massanois):  This gorgeous wine comes exclusively from Sangiovese planted in a six-acre vineyard in Gaiole in Chianti that sits at an altitude of about 1,800 feet.  The elevation moderates the temperature, especially at night, which allows the grapes to retain more acidity.  I suspect that helps explain the great vitality and vibrancy in this wine.  Despite its youthfulness, Bertinga’s Punta di Adine is very expressive, even at this stage, displaying gorgeous aromatics, bright red fruit notes and an alluring touch of spice.  Suave tannins allow you to savor the flavors that burst from the glass.  This energetic and explosive wine retains balance as evidenced by a subtle bitterness in the finish.  It shows the heights that Sangiovese planted in the right place can achieve.
96 Michael Apstein Aug 24, 2021