Tolloy Pinot Noir 2008
Bouquet: Red currant, dried prunes and wild strawberries with subtle earthy undertones.
Flavor: Complex; light balsamic and vanilla notes from 12 months of ageing in oak.
Pairings: An ideal accompaniment to charcuterie, grilled fish, game meats, and aged cheeses.
This land has been the converging point of cultures from the North and South since the 18th century. A point of exchange and a key region in the wine industry for centuries, the region’s dynamic history is the inspiration for Tolloy’s modern viticultural philosophy. The international taste profile of Tolloy’s varietal wines is the ideal backdrop to showcase the singular characteristics that this microclimate lends to each wine.
The varied terrain and climate of the area allows a spectrum of varietals to find their ideal habitat in the hills and valleys. The international varietals that make up the Tolloy line exhibit distinctly concentrated bouquets that can only be found in the Italian Alps. These pleasing wines can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with International cuisine.
While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.
The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.
For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau, Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.