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Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2006

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Winemaker Notes

Youthful, rich dark fruit, berry andcassis aromas meld with notable French oak spice. On thepalate, Valdisanti is full-bodied with deep but reserved fruitfl avors framed by rich oak. The excellent balance of fruitintensity with fi ne tannins indicates a cellar worthy wine.

Critical Acclaim

RP 92
The Wine Advocate

The estate’s 2006 Valdisanti is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc. Here the fruit is marvelously rich and decadent, with layers of cherry preserves, roasted coffee beans, new leather and French oak all woven together in fabric of notable class. The sheer richness of the fruit should allow the Valdisanti to develop gracefully in bottle for a number of years. Dried flowers and mint linger on the long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.

WS 92
Wine Spectator

Pretty aromas of crushed raspberry, cherry, vanilla and spice lead to a full body, with velvety tannins and a lot of toasty oak and currant. Long and rich. Very polished. Best after 2011.

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Tolaini

Tolaini

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Tolaini, , Italy
Tolaini
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).

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

HNYTOLVAI06C_2006 Item# 109049

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