2014 Villa Pillo "Borgoforte" Toscana

SKU #1284663 91 points Wine Spectator

 *#25 on Top 100 of 2016, Best Values* Enticing aromas of violet, black currant and rosemary are accented by licorice and tobacco flavors in this fluid and harmonious red, with fine tannins gracing the long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. (BS)  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2017 | Send Email
Fresh, dense crushed cherry and menthol characters jump off the nose of this value Super Tuscan. The meaty, chewy tannins are met with bold acidity that brightens the deep fruit character. Complex & intriguing- especially for the price!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2017 | Send Email
The wines of Villa Pillo are always big sellers at K&L as the price/value ratio is stellar. The Borgoforte highlights Cabernet and Merlot blended with 50 percent Sangiovese and all three are apparent. The blackberry and black cherry flavors along with some surprising structure make this ideal with grilled and roasted meats. There's a lot going on at $12.99 and this is a serious Tuscan blend at the price.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
The nose of this wine says Tuscany, hints of wild cherry, sage, rosemary from the 50% of Sangiovese then followed by the plumy, chocolaty depth from the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of spice from the 10% Merlot. The wine has a linear character, and on the palate it has vibrant depth and structure but opens on the back end showing more breadth and suppleness. This is a remarkable wine for the price point and should probably be more expensive just to give folks a heads up that it isn’t to be drunk as simple plonk, it’s a real wine, powerful, deep, expressive and should be decanted and had with a grilled T-bone or a big cheesy lasagna.
Drink from 2017 to 2024

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
And now for something completely different! This is a Super Tuscan at a super price. This bad boy is made up of 50% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, and I swear you can taste all of these. On the palate you will find flavors of black cherry, plum and soft floral notes blended with silky tannins. The Cabernet gives this a backbone you can feel and a nice smooth and long finish.

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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.


- 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.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan