2011 Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1165392 91 points Wine Spectator

 Intense aromas and flavors of black currant, cherry and licorice are augmented by spice in this fragrant red. Supple and balanced, with vibrant acidity and well-integrated tannins on the long finish. Best from 2015 through 2023. 1,500 cases imported. –BS  (4/ 2014)

K&L Notes

Poggio al Tufo is a new winery founded by Tommasi, an important producer of Amarone and their first venture into Tuscany. The 167 acre estate is in southern Tuscany near Pitigliano a fantastically beautiful hill town about 15 miles from the Mediterranean Sea at 1,000 feet of elevation. While in Tuscany it is only about an hour north of Rome, the climate is perfect for wine grapes and the soils perfect for Sangiovese and Cabernet.

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/29/2014  | Send Email
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The 2011 vintage in Tuscan produced a lot of richness in the wine including Poggio al Tufo’s excellent Cabernet value. Aged for a year in large 65hl Slavonian oak barrels this wine has the ripeness of California Cabernet while having a more focused center, longer finish than anything I’ve seen in this price range you could buy from California. Supple, rich, smooth with lots of ripe cassis, hints of tarragon and a touch of fresh leather, a long finish but what really remains with you is the palate richness, this is a mouthful without being overripe and only 13% alcohol. You’ll love the drinkability of this wine and it will pair nicely with grilled meats or even just Cabernet Cocktailing!
Drink from 2014 to 2017

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 13