This report is based on the more than 1,050 Tuscan red and white wines I have blind-tasted since my last report on the region ("Tuscany Strikes Twice," Oct. 31, 2008). I rated nearly 450 of the wines 90 or more points. Of those, about four dozen reached at least 95 points, or classic quality. (An alphabetical list of all wines tasted for this report is available at www.winespectator.com/103109.)
The 2006 vintage continues to impress me as the greatest year in Tuscany since the benchmark 1997. Indeed, 2007 is an exceptional vintage as well, producing hundreds of excellent wines, many of which are already on the market at good prices. I maintain a slight preference for 2006, particularly among the Sangiovese-based reds, but the wines in 2007 also show bold, opulent fruit and ultraripe tannins, though more so with international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. With these two great back-to-back vintages on the market right now, there are so many exciting Tuscan reds to be found. And more are on their way.