2010 TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

SKU #1149037 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Torcalvano has fruit and spice aromas of plum, cassis and vanilla, as well as hints of coffee and oak. The palate boasts bracing but fine tannins, and reveals a black-cherry core layered with notes of espresso, white pepper and cinnamon.  (10/2013)

90 points Vinous

 Torcalvano's 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is warm, resonant and quite beautiful today. Layers of cherry, plums, mocha and spice nuances are woven together in a Vino Nobile that stands out for its depth and understated power. Firm yet nicely integrated tannins support a pliant, deeply expressive finish. This is a terrific wine.

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2013 | Send Email
An excellent wine at a reasonable price, this 2010 Vino Nobile is surprisingly approachable now. Silky red, with berry, plum and cherry character, medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fruity finish.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2013 | Send Email
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2010 was a glorious vintage in parts of Tuscany and it is clear that the sun has surely shown on Torcalvano’s 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. I was truly taken with the classic aromatics from this wine, the wild cherry, leather, tobacco and earth which I find in most Vino Nobile but I was a bit hesitant to declare this wine spectacular because frequently in Vino Nobile I find those aromatics are followed by drying tannins and lean finishes, but not this wine, this is the best Vino Nobile I’ve had in a long time! This wine’s classic flavors are followed by a supple yet commanding coil of fruit wrapped around the wines powerful central structure whose tannin is exceptionally well integrated. The same luscious wild cherry in the nose is fleshed out on the palate in a curvaceous and pleasing sensation, then just as you warm to the lushness of the fruit the complex earth and spice flavors begin to appear like different facets sparkling under light, fresh saddle leather, pipe tobacco and that elusive Tuscan earth. The wine has a superb finish; well in fact it doesn’t seem to finish it just goes on and on echoing the fruit and complexity while ever lengthening on your palate. Do I like this wine? I REALLY like this wine, a truly wondrous representation of Vino Nobile that is drinking wonderfully now and will age 10-15 years more. Definitely a don’t miss wine!
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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


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