Avignonesi Desiderio 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy

Price: $57.99
Item No. 120374
  • WS91
  • ST91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2003
  • WS92
  • V90
  • 1997
  • W&S95
  • WS91
  • ST90
  • 1996
  • WS90
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Winemaker's Notes

Deep ruby red color, the Desiderio 2008 reveals inviting aromas of blackberries and red currant, unfolding on a bed on undergrowth and spiced with hints of mint and sage leaves. Full-bodied, with elegant tannins and fresh acidity, the 2008 Desiderio provides a lush, long-lasting drinking experinece.

Blend: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

"A black cherry flavor is at the center of this red, surrounded by vanilla, smoke and spice notes. This will take a year or so to absorb the oak, while the finish is fresh and long. Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2023."
91 Points

"Saturated ruby. Very dark aromas of black fruits, violet, licorice and cocoa, plus a sexy note of smoky oak. Large-scaled, thick and sweet, but with harmonious acids providing great lift and a sense of freshness to its black fruit and floral flavors. Finishes with mouthcoating tannins and palate-staining black fruits. A great wine that manages to maintain impressive verve."
91 Points

Learn About Avignonesi Map ItMap It

In 1309 pope Clement V transferred the papal residence from Rome to Avignon, France. In 1377, when pope Gregory XI moved the papal residence back to Rome, some noble families of Avignon left France to follow him. It was at that time, in Italy, that one of those families became known as Avignonesi - probably to simplify an otherwise difficult, foreign name. Soon the Avignonesi...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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