Tuscan Coast Selections from I Giusti & Zanza

I Giusti & Zanza Vineyard in the Costa Toscana

I Giusti & Zanza Vineyard in the Costa Toscana

Located in the Fauglia Hills of the Tuscan Coast, 30 km north of Bolgheri and due west of Florence, I Giusti &Zanza Vigneti has 17 ha of densely planted, organically cultivated vines. We review their latest releases below.  Their vineyards benefit from the maritime influence of the Tyrrhenian Sea, just 25 km to the west. Paolo Giusti and Fabio Zanza bought the estate in 1995.

The Tuscan Coast (Costa Toscana) appellation is relatively new and comprises parts of five provinces—Massa, Grosseto, Liverno, Pisa, and Lucca—located near the Tyrrhenian Sea. The 2017 Anteprima Vini della Costa will be held in Lucca on May 6-7.

I Giusti & Zanza 2013 Dulcamara Toscana IGT ($75) 92  A very rich and densely flavored Bordeaux blend, the Dulcamara reveals luscious dark cherries and berries with notes of underbrush and cracked pepper, finishing with good persistence and abundant tannins that need some time to soften. Dulcamara is a Bordeaux blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged 18 months in 300L barrels.

I Giusti & Znaza 2015 Belcore Costa Toscana ($48) 90  Lively blue and black fruit aromas give way to a well-structured palate of dark fruit with floral and spice nuances. Shows good acidity and firm tannins. An 80/20 blend of Sangiovese and Merlot aged 10 months in 300L barrels.

Paolo Giusti

Paolo Giusti

I Giusti & Zanza 2015 Nemorino Red Costa Toscana ($38) 89   The most fruit forward and easy drinking of the wines we tasted, the Nemorino shows scents of ripe blackberry, black cherry, spice and a hint of violets that carry over to the palate. Round tannins and good acidity show on the finish. Predominantly Syrah aged in oak for 10 months.

I Giusti & Zanza 2014 Perbruno Toscana IGT ($60) 92  This is a full-bodied, throaty Syrah that shows meaty dark cassis and blackberry scents and a nicely balanced, flavorful, and layered palate. The wine is rich but also fresh, lively, and pure. Still very young with firm tannins, it ideally needs at least another year in bottle.

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