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Villa Pillo Toscana Borgoforte 2011

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Winemaker Notes

This wine is made in the "Super - Tuscan" style by adding Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes to the classical grape of Tuscany, Sangiovese. Each year we add selected wines to the blend to bring subtle complexity and richness without losing the flavor of the traditional wines of Tuscany. Grapes picked at optimum ripeness ensure a wine which expresses itself in its ripe blackfruit components and full body. A true reflection of flavours which are a marriage of our soils under the Tuscan sun. For smooth body and elegance, the wine is aged in small oak barrels.

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James Suckling
A red with a blueberry and dried strawberry character as well as hints of vanilla and chocolate. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a fresh and fruity finish.
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Villa Pillo

Villa Pillo

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Villa Pillo, Tuscany, Italy
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Villa Pillo is a small estate producing world class wines in the heart of Tuscany between San Gimignano and Volterra. American John Dyson bought the estate in 1989. He also owns Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in New York State, and Pebble Ridge Vineyards and Williams Selyem in California.

Villa Pillo’s estate specializes in high quality bottlings of selected vineyards focused on the estate’s main varieties – Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc as well as the Tuscan dessert wine Vin Santo. Extensive manual operations in the tending of the vineyards and throughout the winemaking process result in handcrafted wines reflecting their origin; the hillside slopes of Elsa valley, an area which is found at the center of a triangle formed by the Tuscan cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa.

One of the most iconic Italian regions 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, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. 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 and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

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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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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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