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Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2007

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13.9% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Youthful, rich dark fruit, berry and cassis aromas meld with notable French oak spice. On the palate, Valdisanti is full-bodied with deep but reserved fruit flavors framed by rich oak. The excellent balance of fruit intensity with fine tannins indicates a cellar worthy wine.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Valdisanti is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc that spent 16 months in French oak. It is the most complete of these 2007s, redolent with heady scents of dark fruit, licorice, leather and smoke. Balsamic notes develop in the glass, adding further layers of complexity and depth. This finishes with a joyful exuberance that is impossible not to admire. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A chewy and layered red, with blackberry and toasty oak. Though there's a little too much new oak, this is rich and impressive. Best after 2010. 9,165 cases made.
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Tolaini, Tuscany, Italy
2007 Valdisanti Toscana
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).

One of the most iconic regions of Italy 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 are produced in their respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, with the hillside locations hosting the best vines, as Sangiovese ripens most efficiently with maximum exposure to sunlight.

Sangiovese at its simplest, often carrying a regional designation of Chianti or just Italy, produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright red fruit and not much more, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity. In top-quality Sangiovese-based wines, expressive notes of sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise, tobacco smoke, and cured meat fill the glass. 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, or Syrah, often grown in Tuscany’s Bolgheri region, with or without Sangiovese.

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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 create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. 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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