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2015 Villa Pillo "Cingalino" Toscana Rosso

SKU #1284664 91 points James Suckling

 A red with plum, light milk chocolate and spice characteristics. Medium body, soft tannins. Delicious now.  (11/2016)

Wine Spectator

 This smooth and well-integrated red bursts with cherry and blackberry fruit flavors shaded by spice accents. Light tannins line the finish. (BS, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
Yes, $11. will get you this beautiful bottle of 65% Merlot 35% Cab Franc! Fermented in stainless steel, this is as pure as it gets. I would call this a user-friendly Rosso with hints of old world. There are aromas of blackberries and flowers, and on the palate wild cherries and minerals with plenty of dark fruit that carries through on the finish. There is outstanding depth here not to mention terrific overall balance.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2017 | Send Email
Cingalino is not your average Tuscan red; no Sangiovese here it is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc grown about 30 miles southwest of Florence. Aged for 6 months is used French barriques this wine is less about its varietals than it is about its place. The nose of this wine puts me immediately in Tuscany; the nose is full of spice, leather and splashed with hints of berry and chocolate but this is not a simple wine, it has real depth. On the palate you immediately sense this wine has structure, focus and it has a linear feel to it yet it spiced with berry and plumy characters and then the earth, leather and spice rise up in the finish. I would recommend some hearty food to companion this wine, a rich, tomato driven with lots of cheese or even a Burger fresh of the grill with all the fixins!
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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
"Cingalino" is a blend of 65 percent Merlot and 35 percent Cabernet Franc that represents Villa Pillo's effort to blend French varietals without compromising their unique Tuscan characters. It showcases pure and lively dark cherry and strawberry flavors and delivers wonderful weight, persistence and finish. It's a classic Tuscan at a phenomenal price.

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- 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.