Great Wines of Italy Masterclass: Great Merlots of Tuscany

Date(s) - November 16, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

James Suckling Wine Central


Italy’s top merlots rival the best in the world. Learn more through this 7-wine tasting of merlots from the 2015, 2017 and 2018 vintages



Nov 15, 2021 (Tuesday); 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

@ James Suckling Wine Central

7 wines to taste / HK$388 per person

Join this special wine tasting masterclass and roundtable conversation hosted and presented by the tasting team.

Italy’s top merlots rival the best in the world. This masterclass will demonstrate that the grape has found a home in Tuscany. In the last few decades, producers recognised that despite local appellation regulations restricting use of international varieties, their terroir could produce concentrated, structured reds that can compete with the quality and complexity Bordeaux’s Pomerol and right bank legends. Join to learn more about them through a 7-wine tasting of merlots from the 2015, 2017 and 2018 vintages.

Castello Vicchiomaggio Toscana FSM 2017, 92 pts

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Cecchi Maremma Toscana Val delle Rose Aurelio 2015, 95 pts

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Petra Toscana Quercegobbe 2018, 93 pts

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Petrolo Valdarno di Sopra Galatrona 2018, 98 pts

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Renieri Toscana Grido 2017, 93 pts

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Querciabella Toscana Palafreno 2017, 94 pts

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Barone Ricasoli Toscana Casalferro 2015, 95 pts

Castello Vicchiomaggio

Perched above the Greve valley in Chianti Classico, Castello Vicchiomaggio maintains a centuries-old winemaking tradition at its picturesque 140-hectare estate.


As displayed on the family crest, Famiglia Cecchi has been making wine since 1893; however, this prominent Tuscan producer inexplicably avoids the attention it deserves. All the wines from Cecchi are extremely well made and true to their terroir.


Following his success with Franciacorta, Vittorio Moretti looked from Lombardy to the Tuscan coast for further inventions. His Petra estate at Suvereto in the Maremma is coming into its own now, as it makes wines more in tune with the goodness of the soil than simply modern winemaking.


Everything this artist-turned-winemaker does seems to be a work of art. His pure merlot, Galatrona, is among the region’s coveted wines. Galatrona reflects Tuscany’s distinctive style of merlot, very different from Bordeaux or anywhere else.


Three decades of organic viticulture make Querciabella a model of excellence among fine wine producers committed to working in balance with nature.


The noble Ricasoli family of Brolio Castle has been associated with Tuscan wines since the 1870s when Baron Bettino Ricasoli is said to have originated its formula.


This is a red-hot estate in Tuscany to watch. Don’t miss it.

This masterclass tasting at James Suckling Wine Central is part of Great Wines of Italy 2021 Grand Tasting & Masterclass Program throughout November – a series of curated tasting events featuring close to 100 of Italy’s greatest producers and their top-scoring wines. Check out the full line-up of all masterclass tastings and other programs during the tasting month at:

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