Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2004
The symbol onthe label of the chalice and the serpent was takenfrom a 16th century painting in the church borderingthe Montebello estate. Rutilio Manetti, a famousTuscan artist, commemorated a story of two saints exchanging gifts; a tray of fruitfrom Saint Nicola Di Bari and a chalice of wine with a serpent from Saint GiovanniEvangelista. The House of Tolaini has named its wine after the Saints and for thesymbolism of Manetti's painting: the fruit representing the richness of our soil andthe serpent representing the passion of our labors.
Youthful, rich dark fruit, berry and cassis aromas meld with notable Frenchoak spice. On the palate, Valdisanti is full-bodied with deep but reservedfruit flavors framed by rich oak. The excellent balance of fruit intensity withfine tannins indicates a cellar worthy wine.
Castelnuovo Beraradenga is the jewel of the Chianti Classico region, capable of producing wines of power and elegance, intensity and longevity.
In this exceptional land, Tolaini Estate's vineyards cover 160 acres of the estate's 267 acres. The Montebello vineyard has signature galestro (friable clay and limestone) soils. The San Giovanni vineyard has more porous tufa soils. Both sites overlie limestone to create outstanding conditions for long-term vine growth.
Shortly after purchase of the property in 1998, the soils were nutritionally rebalanced, the vineyards were completely replanted with tailored vine clones, and a state of the art winery was built.
New vines include international varieties that have flourished in Tuscany: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Vines also include excellent clones of the classic Tuscan variety Sangiovese. Vineyards are planted to high density—some as high as 11,800 vines per hectare (4800/acre).
Legendary in Italy for its Renaissance art and striking landscape, Tuscany is also home to many of the country’s best red wines. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, as either the single varietal, or a dominant player, in almost all of Tuscany’s best.
A remarkable Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.