2007 Pillo "Borgoforte" Toscana

SKU #1047592 86 points Wine Spectator

 balanced and straightforward red, with a medium body and a fresh, clean finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink Now  (10/2011)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2009 | Send Email
Villa Pillo is a very old Tuscan farm located in the heart of the Chianti region. The 500-hectare estate was purchased in 1989 by John and Kathe Dyson, who also own Williams-Selyem. They have planted new vineyards and orchards, as well as modernized and refurbished the winery. The Borgoforte is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, aged for one year in French barrique. Bigger than the previous vintage, with more fruit and more structure, this is a wine for red meat or maybe a deep fried turkey! Dark berries, black fruits and a savory earthiness on the nose and the palate, it requires a 30-minute to one-hour decanting. A very serious wine for a reasonable price.

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2009 | Send Email
This wine shows a nice balance of black fruit, currant, cedar notes, and earthiness on the nose. It is full-bodied and textured, with a good dose of earthy minerality on the palate and ripe black fruit underscored by graphite. Medium+ tannins, medium acid and a long, drying finish. Substantial wine for the price.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2009 | Send Email
This is a serious out performer! Trick your friends into think you are pouring them a $90 Super Tuscan. Evident, but elegant tannins. This wine will develope significantly in the next year and drink for several years to come.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Super Tuscan