2009 Tolaini Valdisanti

SKU #1153873 94 points 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.

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Wine Spectator

 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)  (1/2013)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2014 | Send Email
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I often hear sales pitches from salesmen that pit the wine in question with some well known favorite that is very expensive. In this case they'll say this 2009 Tolaini Valdisanti is the “Poor Man’s Tignanello.” My guess is that most "rich men" buy low and sell high rather than the converse, and are always ahead of the curve... that’s how they get to be rich! However this 2009 Tolaini Valdisanti (Super Tuscan) is going to make you rich as well. I loved its complex blend of earth, wild herbs and cigar box like aromatics. Then on the palate the 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc cuvee shows lots of power, and although there is solid structure underneath, the wine is supple, excellently balanced and has a lengthy finish. I was really surprised by the quality of this wine and how much I liked the Cabernet-based blend from southeastern Chianti Classico. After tasting, I was ready for a price point that was going to be 2-3 times what this is! This is truly an outstanding deal - drinkable now and will age very well for a decade to come.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

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