Villa Puccini Toscana Red 2011 IGT

Reviewed by Eric Tansey,CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                                                     The Villa Puccini is cherry red with a slight hint of brown to it and  a medium stain. Villa Puccini has a very woody nose, with subtle hints of cherry but the more earth influenced aromas shine with this wine. Strong aromas of oak, charred wood, tobacco and vanilla lift from the glass almost instantly . I would say that the earth characteristics  lead the charge when it comes to the nose of this wine.

On the front of the palate, the Villa Puccini delivers subtle cranberry and orange peel characteristics with rose petal and minerals on the finish. This wine has lower tannins, lighter red fruits, and big acidity with a dry earthy finish. Great for food pairing and an easy and quick “go to” for a last minute Italian dinner, especially in this price range. Cheers! Eric Tansey,CSW, Sommelier

Tansey’s Blind Review – 84 points

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The Break Down

Dryness Level





Wine Selection –  Villa Puccini

Producer – Villa Puccini 

Style – Super Tuscan, dry red

Varietals – 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot 

Region – Tuscany, Italy 

Alcohol – 12.5%

Oak – One Year in French and Slovenian oak with three months bottle aging

Food Pairing – Red meat sauce pasta, steak, ravioli, rich cheeses

BLIND TASTE OFF Tansey-reviews-wine-beer-spirits-large-product-image-11-2

My wife set me up with two Italian wines to taste blindly together. Although the wines are of different styles and slightly different regions, they are both dry reds and they are both big Italian wines. So she simply tasked me with giving my blind opinion as to which was better all around.

I found that both were very earthy and typical old world Italian wines. Good wines that would pair very well with a variety of cuisine.  I rated the second wine, Villa Puccini at 84 points and the Castello Di Verduno, Langhe Nebbiol0 at 83 points.

The price difference was Villa Puccini is $12.99 and the Castello Di Verduno, Langhe Nebbiol0 was $22.99. Fun pairing and as we continued to taste the two, the Villa Puccini continued to get better as it opened up (30 min decanting) and the Castello Di Verduno, Langhe Nebbiol0 did not really open up even after an hour.  Buy the two, try them out blind, and see if you agree or disagree. Send me a picture and quick comment as to your answer and receive some swag. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier 

From the Winery  

Several years ago, HeyDay Corporation entered into a joint venture with Dr. Sabino Russo, a dynamic young enologist who works on an estate near Pisa, to produce premium Italian wines for sale in the USA. Under his supervision, these fine wines are aged and bottled at state of the art wineries throughout Tuscany.

Initial results have been extremely rewarding. Chianti Riserva and Chianti Superiore won Silver and Bronze medals respectively at VinExpo 2001 in Bordeaux. From the vine to the bottle, great care is taken to assure quality, consistency, and authenticity. These fine wines appear with the Villa Puccini and Terra Nostra labels.**6gRSZZ9yb7WYMclXvoZCS4LPcVTDfhQp9vw391F/VillaPucciniTuscanRedHeyDay.pdf

The Vine’s “What is Sangiovese?”

The Sangiovese is a red grape varietal that dates to the Roman classical era. Its etymology, “Sangue di Giove” (“Blood of Jupiter”) is an indication of its power and grandeur. It is one of Italy’s most important grapes, producing Brunello di Montalcino and providing the basis for Chianti, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Although once regarded as a blending grape for Cabernet wines, Merlot is enjoying its day in the sun as a chic, trendy varietal. It has been in Bordeaux since 1784, where it is responsible for great Pomerols and St. Emilions. Its opulent, plummy style with low tannins has made Merlot a worldwide hit. Italian styles vary from fresh, light and young to more concentrated, barrique-aged cosmopolitan versions**6gRSZZ9yb7WYMclXvoZCS4LPcVTDfhQp9vw391F/VillaPucciniTuscanRedHeyDay.pdf