2009 Tolaini Al Passo Toscana Igt
red fruit, strawberry, raspberry, currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar
asparagus, green pepper, red fruit, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather
"Spicy notes of French oak rise above distinct aromas of cherry and berry. The palate has a backbone of Sangiovese, a roundness of Merlot and enhanced body from the oak. The fruit purity and varietal signatures are testament to the meticulous care given to the young vines." - Importer
"The most obvious accomplishment in fruit quality from this estate can be tasted in the fruit-forwardness of the estate’s Sangiovese. This historically austere varietal is the pride of the winery. Pier luigi and his team have succeeded in developing this modernly fruity Sangiovese in addition to maintaining its noteworthy structured varietal character. The 12 hectares of Sangiovese are planted at 7,400 plants per ha, growing a select few bunches per plant. The grapes are further selected at harvest and the top grapes are destemmed and 50% are fermented in oak fermenters, 50% in stainless steel tanks. The wine undergoes malolactic and ages for 1 year, a portion in barrique but the majority is in tonneaux of 500 hl oak tanks before the wine is blended by Rolland and then bottled where it rests until we taste it and agree it is ready for market. The name of this wine comes from the passo found in the circular forest on the highest point of the Montebello vineyard. A maze where in antiquity hunters lured their prey and captured it in the "pass." From here there is a clear view of Siena, and the tower in Piazza del Campo can also be seen, which adds to the mystique of this passo." - Importer
This wine was also rated 88 Points by the Wine Spectator.