2010 San Felice "Vigorello" Toscana

SKU #1165400 92 points James Suckling

 A refined and focused red with chocolate, currants and berries on the nose and palate. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Very polished. Made predominately from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Open after 2014 when the tannins will be more integrated into the wine.  (12/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made for the first time in 1968 at the start of the super-Tuscan movement, the 2010 Vigorello is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a smaller component of Petit Verdot. It’s a beautiful and extremely elegant wine that bursts from the glass with pristine tones of black fruit, licorice, rosea and dried lavender, Mediterranean herb and a sweet hint of vanilla. The balance and complexity are outstanding and both point to the high levels achieved in 2010. It will develop more complexity in time. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. (ML)  (8/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A well-oaked, flashy style, boasting cherry, blackberry, tar and smoke flavors. Bright and juicy, with firm underlying tannins. Fine length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. (Web-2014)

Vinous

 The 2010 Vigorello is an attractive, juicy wine with plenty of near-term appeal. The flavors are rich, generous and surprisingly open for the year. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and mocha notes resonate on the finish. The 2010 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, but it is the Merlot that is most expressive in this vintage.  (8/2013)

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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.
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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.
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Tuscany

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Super Tuscan