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Tenuta dei Pianali Coronato 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2008 Coronato is characterized by its deep ruby-red color and intense and complex aromas of dark cherries, prunes, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The palate is balanced with a nice acidity, velvety tannins and a fine, lengthy finish.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Formerly Tenuta di Biserno, Tenuta dei Pianali produces Coronato specifically for the U.S. market. This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc opens with bold and fleshy cherry fruit backed by savory tones of pipe tobacco, leather, chocolate and exotic spice. The wine is full, soft and generous on the palate. Drink now or hold five more years.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Bolgheri Coronato is quite a bit more interesting than the 2009. Licorice, truffles, smoke, tar and graphite meld into a core of expressive dark fruit. The 2008 impresses for its aromatic nuance and structure, two elements that are less prominent in the 2009, at least today. This is a beautiful wine from Lodovico Antinori. The 2008 is 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc.
JS 91
James Suckling
Aromas of ripe plums and berries follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a dark chocolate and mineral aftertaste. Just starting to open now.
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Tenuta dei Pianali

Tenuta dei Pianali

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Tenuta dei Pianali, Tuscany, Italy
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Tenuta dei Pianali is located in Bolgheri in the Alta Maremma in western Tuscany. Tenuta dei Pianali's vineyards are a few miles east of the Tyrrhenian Sea on a gently sloping plateau; ocean breezes help maintain an ideal microclimate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. When Tenuta dei Pianali became available, Marchese Lodovico Antinori did not hesitate to start producing a new wine at this location. His deep affection for the Bolgheri wine legacy drove him to see what could be improved at the estate, further contributing to the international reputation of this little coastal corner of Tuscany.

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, as well as in price from budget-friendly to ultra-premium, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano trailing far behind.

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, perfect for Sangiovese as it ripens most efficiently on slopes with maximum exposure to sunlight.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright red fruit and not much more, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity. 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 in particular is sensitive to vintage variation, performing best in years that are not too hot and not too cold. 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, the island of Elba and more inland, in Carmignano.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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