Madison Originals Magazine Madison Originals Magazine February 2012 - Page 45 | 45 Poliziano obtains its name from 15th century poet Angelo Ambroghini (known as Poliziano) taken from Politianus, the Latin name for his birthplace, Montepulciano. References to this important Renaissance scholar can be found on several of the wine labels from this prestigious Tuscan estate. Working closely with Italian wine consultant Carlo Ferrini, owner Federico Carletti has transformed Poliziano into one of the most consistent and widely respected Vino Nobile estates. This award-winning red is sophisticated with a bright nose of bing cherry, tobacco leaf, and plum. The palate has richness with raspberry, cherry, and smoke elements. The ripeness of the fruit suggests it is ready to drink now. Not quite as sleek and polished as the Poliziano, this vintage of Vino Nobile from Dei is not to be underestimated. Itís one of those wines you need to think about, preferably over an intimate dinner. Pensive and brooding in style with a highly perfumed nose and a superbly long nish. The mid-palate shows an amazing clarity of dark berry fruit avors that are beautiful now, but will ultimately reward patient wine drinkers with another ve to 10 years of cellaring. Caterina Dei is the talented woman in charge, currently overseeing the construction of a new modern winery complete with underground cellars. This small producer has only been producing wine since the 1990s. This example is dark with a savory streak, and exhibits aromas of woodsy violet, vanilla, and blackberry that carry through to the palate. Earth, mushroom, and mineral elements add complexity to this hearty red, and give you a real impression of the Montepulciano terrior. The nish shows a moderate amount of tannin, but nothing that a rich meat stew or a rare Bistecca alla Fiorentina (translation: the best steak you will ever eat) wonít tame.Two words: old world. This is my kinda Tuscan wine alright: stinky, earthy, and barnyardy (in a good way). Unltered and unrened, it is a great expression of the Sangiovese grape from talented winemaker Elisabetta Geppetti. With a decidedly funky and unmistakable Tuscan nose, this expressive red opens up to reveal smoky, dark berry notes along with leather, forest oor, and mulberry. Admittedly this wine is not everyoneís cup of tea, but for you true lovers of rustic, full-bodied Italian wines it is a beauty. Pair it with roast lamb or wild boar papparadelle. I would advise decanting this wine prior to serving since it throws quite a bit of sediment.Another straightforward, hearty gem hailing from the Tuscan Maremma wine region nearly 25 miles south of Pisa and its famous leaning tower. The property has been planted to vines and olive groves dating as far back as the 2007 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $34.99 2008 Cantine Maria Caterina Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $27.99 2008 Corte Alle Flora Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $20.992009 Tenuta di Ghizzano il Ghizzano IGT $16.492009 Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano $19.99 late 1300s. The current owners have recently replanted and expanded the vineyard production, carefully hand harvesting all the grapes. This organic Tuscan red (super Tuscan) is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. The wine has herbaceous notes coupled with roasted game, spicy cherry, currant, and tobacco. Warm and inviting, this is a solid, medium-bodied red. Callie Steffen is a Wine Specialist at Barriques Market. Harvest Restaurant On the Capitol Square 21 North Pinckney St. 608-255-6075 www.harvest-restaurant.comTop 20 Chefs of the Midwest -James Beard Foundation Top Farm-to-Table Restaurants -Gourmet Magazine, 2008 Top 20 Restaurants in the U.S.A. -Organic Style Magazine Madisonís Must-Visit Restaurant -New York Times Magazine