Il Torrione – One of Tuscany’s Great Cult Wines

“Shows such intensity and finesse” – Suckling

Way back in 1988, Luca Sanjust launched what would become one of the most successful and sought-after proprietary wines of our generation. Known as Il Torrione, based primarily on Sangiovese, Sanjust’s first vintages became the darling of the American press, a cult wine was born. One of the first vintages to hit the pages of the Wine Advocate, the 1994, was reviewed by Robert Parker himself, who said of the wine, it’s “An exceptionally stylish, highly successful wine….” Luca’s phone began ringing off the hook. His property in Tuscany, near Arezzo, with vines planted at nearly 2,000 feet elevation, suddenly had importers showing up, knocking on his door for a chance at representation. As the vintages progressed, the high press continued.

Antonio Galloni soon joined Parker at the Wine Advocate, reviewing all things Italy, and had nothing but the highest praise for Il Torrione. Reviewing the 2007 – a wine which was released at $45 – Galloni said, “In a blind tasting it could easily be mistaken for a wine that costs twice as much (trust me on that!)” Luca’s star status was cemented! His cult status guaranteed! With each subsequent vintage, higher and higher praise was bestowed on Luca’s rock star Sangiovese. Today, with the release of the 2015, the praise continues, with Italian expert James Suckling declaring that the wine, “Shows such intensity and finesse.” Having bestowed one of his highest ratings ever on the 2015, your time to act is NOW if you’re interested in what all the fuss is about.

James Suckling: Lovely aromas of sweet fruit, flowers such as violets and black olives. Sandalwood undertones. Full body and extremely fine tannins. Persistent and sexy. Shows such intensity and finesse. Drink in 2019 +.

94 points