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Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2008

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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.

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Sangiovese 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%

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RP 90
The Wine Advocate

The 2008 Valdisanti impresses for its layered personality, something that was quite difficult to achieve in this vintage. Plums, black cherries, sage, incense and sweet tobacco are some of the many notes that are woven into a soft fabric of notable class. Floral notes add freshness and balance on the finish. Valdisanti is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc.

JS 90
James Suckling

A balanced and fruity red with minerals and berries. Medium-to-full body, with fine tannins and a delicious finish.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

This rich red shows concentrated flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice, accented by tobacco and briar notes lingering pleasantly on the finish. The tannins are ripe and dense. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.

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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).

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With hundreds of white 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.

YAO129151_2008 Item# 129151

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