2010 Tolaini "Valdisanti" Toscana

SKU #1207102 93 points James Suckling

 This is is rich and dense with a fabulous silky tannin mouthfeel. Full body, with loads of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Lively acidity keeps the wine agile and fresh. Better in 2016 but so delicious now. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, and 5% Cabernet Franc.  (7/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Valdisanti (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc) is staked tall with bold fruit nuances of dark cherry, blackberry, spice, tobacco and Spanish cedar. Crushed white pepper and grilled herbs also play into the mix. This is a large, extracted wine that glides slowly over the palate, imparting a lingering sense of depth and richness. Tolaini is on a tear, making some of the best wines representing the warmer Castelnuovo Berardenga subzone of Chianti Classico. A Grand Selezione has been added to Tolaini’s portfolio of Bordeaux and Tuscany-themed wines. (ML)  (10/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and well-defined, with black currant, cherry, cedar, and tobacco flavors matched to a firm structure. Shows fine purity and elegance, with a long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2024.  (3/2015)

K&L Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Sangiovese 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2016 | Send Email
Here is a big, hearty Bordeaux wannabe from Tuscany that thinks it's a Chianti. This is ripe, rich and focused, with smooth, earthy black cherry fruit, a deep, warm personality and a blockbuster finish of deeply embedded tannin, mineral and roasted herb. This chewy, mouth-filling wine could handle the richest lasagna or braised or grilled meat.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Super Tuscan to the rescue, and just in time! For just under $30 bucks, this Old World meets New World blend delivers complex flavors of juicy blackberry, plum, espresso, licorice, bittersweet mocha, vanilla, and earth. The taste is rich and smooth, the tannins firm yet supple, and the brisk finish will make this a super crowd pleaser at the dinner table. Totally recommended!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2015 | Send Email
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This is an excellent wine, Cabernet based but with 20% Sangiovese. The nose is focused and deep, and shows waves of earth, leather, and Tuscan brush. On the palate the wine is long, layered and full of spice, earth and Middle Eastern woods. The wine has great balance and depth and portends a long life. As the wine sits on your palate it begins to expand, deepening its flavor profile where wild forest fruits begin to emerge. The finish has a bit of tobacco, leather and plum that blossoms in the end.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2015 | Send Email
Valdisanti was among our top-selling Tuscan reds last year and this wonderful new release from Tolaini is already an instant hit with staff and customers. Packed with a mélange of savory black fruits and solid acidity, this generous, full-bodied Rosso can not only be enjoyed now but also will continue to develop over the next few years.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2015 | Send Email
Cabernet from Italy, what were we thinking? That we must share this with you! You will find a little bit of Tuscany (20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc) in this glass that is ripe and fleshy with cocoa, spice, black fruit and density, full-bodied and broad on the palate with complex layers of earth and some soft tannin on the finish. This is a wine that is very user friendly now and has the aging potential of 5-8 years. This is the ideal match for red meats and roasted poultry or just a BIG glass all by itself after a long day from work.

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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.


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Super Tuscan