2009 Tolaini Valdisanti
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another Bordeaux-inspired wine, the 2009 Valdisanti represents a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc (in that order of importance). Fruit is sourced from the Tenuta S. Giovanni. On the nose, it shows delicate embroidery of spice, dark fruit and smoked cedar. There's a dusty mineral dryness to the finish backed by lush layers of red berry fruit and dark chewing tobacco. The mouthfeel is polished and tight, with beautifully integrated tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
Lively and pure, exuding cherry, black currant and baking spice flavors. Balanced, with a touch of milk chocolate on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –BS (web only review)
From the winery: "The Valdisanti chalice and serpent image is taken from a painting in the 16th century church in the valley, bordering the San Giovanni vineyard. The painting by the famous Tuscan artist Rutilio Manetti commemorates a story of two saints, Due Santi, who exchanged gifts: a tray of fruit from St. Nicola di Bari and a chalice of wine with a serpent from St. Giovanni Evangelista. Valdisanti celebrates the valley, the Saints, and the rich symbolism of Manetti's painting, where the fruit and wine represent the promise of the soil, and the serpent represents the passion of our labors. Valdisanti is a full bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc with spicy complexity imparted by its time in French oak."