The Il Blu Rosso IGT Toscana is the flagship wine from Brancaia. This is a modern expression of that revolutionary wine, the Super Tuscan. It is made to show what Brancaia is capable of producing–an elegant, complex, and intense world-class wine.
A blend primarily of Sangiovese and Merlot (a little bit of Cabernet in there too), the vintage dictates which variety takes the reins. Il Blu is a swaggeringly contemporary Super Tuscan, balancing power and elegance with the slightly skittish energy of a thoroughbred. Power and layer upon layer of concentrated fruit wild herbs and spice. A modern classic.
"This blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon has one of the most impressive track records of a modern Tuscan blend that I can think of. The 2016 Il Blu is a beautifully balanced and precise blend that pits the freshness and authenticity of Sangiovese against the softness and fruitiness of the Merlot. Although the Sangiovese plays a supporting role in the blend, its influence and signature go far to creating the overall identity of this special wine. It's a very nice effort to celebrate with a grilled T-bone."
96 points, Wine Advocate (September 2019)
"This is a beautiful Brancaia feathering a fine line of decadent dark fruit and complex herbal and spicy notes. Blackberries, dark cherries, Thai basil, peppermint tea, bark, cassis and pure blackcurrants all come to mind. A full body, characterized by layered but racy rich fruit, yet there’s an unmistakable current of acidity that doesn’t let go. Very classy and elegant with remarkable finesse and freshness."
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (November 2019)
"Brancaia's Il Blu is gorgeous in 2016. Fresh, perfumed and beautifully lifted, the 2016 strikes a captivating balance between power and finesse. Red cherry, flowers, mint, cinnamon and blood orange all give the 2016 brightness and vitality, and yet there is plenty of the richness readers have come to expect from this wine as well. The 2016 is one of the more polished, nuanced vintages of Brancaia I can remember tasting."
95 points, Vinous (August 2019)