Perfect Balance

The 2019 vintage in Tuscany earns a classic rating, with Mother Nature and producer expertise coming together for the win

Perfect Balance
The 2019 Sassicaia from the team at Tenuta San Guido is one of the year's highest-rated wines. From left: general manager Carlo Paoli, co-owner Priscilla Incisa della Rochetta and CEO Alessandro Berlingieri (Davide Bischeri/Mirror Digital Agency)
From the Oct 31, 2022, issue

The past two decades in Tuscany have been marked by extremes in weather, with a hot, dry vintage one year followed by a cool, wet growing season the next. The region’s vintners, however, have frequently risen to the challenge, honing their skills in the process. This has prepared them to capitalize on harvests in which there is greater equilibrium between rainfall and heat. The recent string of vintages that make up this report—2018, 2019 and 2020—were each born from seasons blessed with such conditions. As a result, the wines from all three years offer pleasure, charm and quality, along with the ability to age.

Read Wine Spectator's tasting report on the red, white, rosé and sweet wines of Tuscany, including top bottles and value picks from Chianti, Chianti Classico, Maremma, Bolgheri and beyond. 

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

Try Winespectator.com Free for 30 Days!

Full access to our database of more than 400,000 wine ratings

Early access to reviews on our editors' favorite just-rated wines

Wine and food pairing tool,
chefs' pairing recommendations

Best value wines and winery intel

Subscribe today

You Might Also Like

12 Outstanding Wines for the Thanksgiving Table

12 Outstanding Wines for the Thanksgiving Table

Plan your holiday pairings with these new reviews of wines from California, France, Italy …

Nov 21, 2022
New Zealand’s New Normal

New Zealand’s New Normal

The country’s wineries move forward after a series of challenges

Nov 15, 2022
2022 Beaujolais Nouveau: A Banner Vintage

2022 Beaujolais Nouveau: A Banner Vintage

Gamay volumes are down for the second year in a row, but quality shines. Wine Spectator …

Nov 17, 2022
12 Shining Cru Beaujolais Up to 92 Points

12 Shining Cru Beaujolais Up to 92 Points

Don't miss out on these new reviews of Gamays from Moulin-à-Vent, Morgon, Juliénas, Fleurie …

Nov 17, 2022
Alphabetical Guide to Australia

Alphabetical Guide to Australia

Nearly 450 red, white, sparkling and dessert wines from Australia were reviewed by senior …

Dec 31, 2022
Alphabetical Guide to U.S. Sparkling Wines

Alphabetical Guide to U.S. Sparkling Wines

Nearly 100 American sparkling wines were reviewed by  Wine Spectator  senior editor Tim …

Dec 31, 2022