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Avignonesi 50 & 50 Toscana 1999

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Winemaker Notes

This wine, as important and special as it is rare, is the fruit of collaboration between Avignonesi and Capannell. The Sangiovesse originates from the Capannelle Estate in Gaiole,Chianti, while the Merlot was selected from Avignonesi's Estate in Montepulciano.

Characteristics: the colour is a particularly deep ruby-red with garnet hues; the bouquet is intense and delicate, opening with wild fruits and evolving into a spicy fragrance of rich and persistent vanilla, tobacco and leather; it is warm and smooth on the palate, wide, complex, long and persistent; there is good balance between the alcohol and acidic components; great in structure and longevity.

"The joint project of Capannelle and Avignonesi, the 1999 50 & 50 (50% Sangiovese from the Capannelle vineyard and 50% Merlot from the Avignonesi vineyard) may be expensive, but the results are stunning. The opaque purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of espresso, blackberries, black currants, high quality toasty oak, and mocha. This medium to full-bodied, dense, opulently-textured blend possesses copious extract, a boatload of tannin, and a huge finish. For its size and stature, everything is in balance, it just needs time to develop secondary nuances. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.This is a formidable offering for patient connoisseurs."
-Wine Advocate

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Avignonesi, Tuscany, Italy
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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.

One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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