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2014 Tolaini Al Passo Toscana IgtBlend from Italy

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"Pierluigi and his team have succeeded in developing this modernly fruity Sangiovese in addition to maintaining its noteworthy structured varietal character. The 12 hectares of...

  • 91 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
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"An extremely fine 2014 with berry, bark and hints of cedar character. Medium body, medium fruit and a coffee bean and berry aftertaste. Drink now."

Product Description:

"Pierluigi 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. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot, the grapes are hand-selected and destemmed before vinifying. 50% of the wine is 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 500 liter tonneaux. The name of this wine comes from the passo found in the circular forest at the highest point of the Montebello vineyard where an Estruscan tomb was uncovered only a few years ago. From here there is a clear view of Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the tower of Piazza del Campo in Siena. This has clearly been a magical place for centuries, which adds to the mystique of this passo.

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. Unfiltered" - Importer

Product Detail

Item # 111362
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-Region Toscana IGT
Ratings

91 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

Vintage 2014
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Sangiovese, Merlot
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste red fruit, strawberry, raspberry, currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar
Nose asparagus, green pepper, red fruit, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather