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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Avignonesi Desiderio 2004
Avignonesi Desiderio 2004
(search item no. 94169)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes: Merlot (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). Intense, ruby red in color. Its bouquet is delicate and persistent, with a slight scent of wild fruits; the taste is full bodied, harmonious and round.

"Desiderio is an outstandingly delicious Merlot from Cortona with a soft, yielding personality and loads of sweet cherry-berry nuances. The wine boasts excellent complexity thanks to the playful notes of peppermint, herbs, root beer and cola that give it undying persistency and intensity."
-Wine Enthusiast Editor's Choice 95 Points

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About Avignonesi:

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 family separated into three branches which settled in Rome, Siena and Montepulciano.

It is not known exactly when Avignonesi's cellars were built, but they are doubtless among the most ancient in Italy. Palazzo Avignonesi was built according to a design by Jacopo Barozzi (called Vignola) in the second half of the XVI century and it has always been the cellars' seat.

In 1974 the Falvo brothers, owners of the vineyards in the municipality of Cortona, took over Avignonesi and refounded it investing greatly in viniculture, selecting the local varieties and introducing classical ones such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir. Nowadays, Avignonesi consists of four wine-producing estates: Le Capezzine, I Poggetti, La Selva and La Lombarda. In total they comprise 218 hectares of open ground, 103 ha of vineyards and 7 ha of olive groves.